Yesterday I set off for work expecting a normal morning in a busy friendly nursery (if you don't already know I work as a supply Nursery Nurse/Early Years Practitioner for my local Council). The traffic to work was unusually busy. Long than normal queues. I admit I was a little stressed as I do not like to be late for work especially when it is not a regular work place. Anyhow the nearer I got to Nursery the more I became intrigued. Lots of people at this time of the morning I thought. Lots of traffic and then lots of police. Then it occured to me it might be a special day for Rotherham. As I got into Nursery I apologised for being late and quickly rushed into Nursery. I was greeted by lots of little ones shouting 'torch, torch, torch'. Yes the Olympic torch was coming to Rotherham and after my fretful journey to work I was pleased to find out I was to accompany the children and staff to watch the occasion. I was surprised at how excited I was as only the day before I had said to my friend Louise that it really didn't appeal to me watching someone run with a flame. I do normally love to watch the Olympics and really do enjoy it but I suppose I felt a little nervous that this is 'our' Olympics and that I hope it all turns out well. Well I now believe it will. The parade before the torch passed us was well organised and very inspiring. To see the coach with all the torches and torch bearers waiting their turn was fab. The atmosphere was brillient. The children loved it and the streets were lined with excited folk. When the torch passed the children jumped about and shouted and so did I. It was fabulous. What a very pleasant surprise I had when I arrived at work. I saw the Olympic torch being paraded through the streets of Rotherham and although the children with me are so young they probably won't remember it they will have lots of photographs to remind them and it is certainly a morning at work that I won't forget.
I didn't get any photos as I didn't have my camera with me and taking my phone out with me wasn't really the right thing to do in the circumstances, so, just imagine lots of people, smiling faces, cheering, families of all ages and cultures joined together to cheer on the special people chosen to carry the torch.
BTW my husband's work colleage carried the torch the day before in Sheffield, my sister's work colleage was also a torch bearer and the daughter of an old school friend also took her turn at at the age of 21 she has a full time job, attends University and works tirelessly to raise money and awareness for UNICEF.