When I found out I was going to the Olympics, I knew Thing 1 & Thing 2 had to go with me. You see, they’ve been on a an excellent adventure. And what world tour would be complete without a trip to the most illustrious international sporting event?
So, we made our way to London. The two stowaways were great travel companions. They got to see lots of famous sites and meet some cool people.
While I could tell many fun stories about our experiences, none of them is as exciting as how we ended up with Olympic tickets.
My teammate Lynn and I stopped at Westminster Abbey one afternoon to snap some photos and check out the beautiful building. While there, Thing 1 & Thing 2 had their own photo opp.
As they were posing, I heard a cheerful voice exclaim, “Thing 1 & Thing 2!” I turned around to see a young lad (that’s what they call them in England, right?) with a bright smile. Most people I had encountered in London had no recognition of these Dr. Seuss characters, so hearing their names called out was a surprise.
The surprises grew, too.
Lynn and I walked over and meet Tom and his mom. In our conversation, compliments of my blue-haired friends, Tom told us that his sister, who was standing nearby, had been a dancer in the Opening Ceremonies. He also told us of her plans to visit the U.S., including Florida. Since I’m from Florida and because I wanted to meet someone who had been in the ceremony, I asked if we could meet her. When she came over, she told us about her experiences in the big production and asked us if we had seen any Olympic events.
We had only seen the Men’s triathlon because it was free and open to the public. We were there to do ministry, but we also had free time and were willing to purchase tickets. Unfortunately, tickets were nearly impossible to come by, especially for anyone who wasn’t from the UK.
Then Tom’s sister said, “I don’t know if you’d want them, but I have two tickets for women’s wrestling.”
It took me a moment to process it. Women’s wrestling. Hmm. That would be interesting. Lynn wasted no time, though, and joyfully accepted them. Then she asked how much they’d be. “They’re free.”
Lynn and I shook our heads in disbelief and thanked Tom’s family profusely. Wow. We just got Olympic tickets. For free!
So, there you have it. Thing 1 & Thing 2 are the reason we met Tom, whose sister gave us tickets to see women’s wrestling.
Not only did we get free tickets to an Olympic event, it was also a medal round, which included a medal ceremony. I thought it was very fitting that Canada and the U.S. shared the bronze medal, seeing that my Canadian blogger friend Leanne Shirtliffe (a.k.a. Ironic Mom) started Thing 1 & Thing 2’s Excellent Adventures. Thanks, Leanne, for letting the little guys go with me… and for the Olympic tickets they helped me get.