The journey to Greenwich park was fantastic. London 2012 volunteers made the process of getting from the train to the stadium, efficient, easy and pleasurable. Everyone was happy! London was smiling! I felt so proud to be part of this occasion, tears welling up in my eyes frequently until I saw the stadium and then they actually began to pour down my cheeks. What an emotional idiot, the kids had no clue what was going on, thousands of people, everyone saying hello to them, telling them to wave their flags and their mother in tears. Actually, I've just wiped away a few now just remembering the emotion.
And then we found our seats. The official looked at our tickets, looked at me, looked at the kids and looked at our tickets again.
"Wow, you've got front row seats, " she said surprised at my unkempt, red blotchy face and two dishevelled children.
And there we were, at the Olympics, London 2012 in the middle of the front row, beneath the Olympic family and just above the riders and press.
We were so close we could hear the horses snort, we could see the expressions on the riders faces, I could see the movements in detail and hear the riders pat their horses neck after the test. The enormous roar of the crowd after British riders was overwhelming, it was also the time when the children were allowed to be noisy and wave their flags.
How I entertained the children in the front row of the Olympics through 5 hours of dressage? - well that's another story indeed.