These are the experiences that bring meaning to our journey. I remember when we were first in Australia and my cousin asked me who I would bet for in the Melbourne Cup. I had never bet on a horse race, generally only gamblers bet on horses in Canada. But in Australia, they set up special betting stations for Melbourne Cup, parties are arranged, fancy dresses and hats are picked. And on the first Tuesday of each November, the country nearly grinds to a halt as people celebrate and watch the cup. It lasts only a few minutes, but the parties last a few hours and the memories for me have lasted years.
When the clock ran down this evening and Italy had won 2-1 over Germany, we could hearing cheering from the village, and squeals of delight as are group jumped into the pool. A win for Italy and a win for the children.