Ooooh, ahhh, the coveted soccer camp medal.
See it, amaze in it, admire it.
Do you ever find yourself annoyed with something your child does only to later realize it is a lesson you need to learn?
If you have kids who participate in sports, you know we have turned into an award addicted people. Regardless of how your child performs in any given sport, a medal or certificate will be awarded.
This doesn’t sit well with me. I’ve always been of the philosophy that you need to earn the medal. You don’t get one for just showing up. Keep in mind this comes from the girl whose only claim to sports recognition was 2nd place in the team relay during field day back in ’83, and that only came about because little Tommy Tryban was on my team, and boy, he was fast.
So, when my daughter is discussing her decision to play a particular sport based solely on the fact of which sport she will get a medal in, I become annoyed.
Then this morning I realized I can be the same way. Ouch. Maybe I’m not looking for the red and white ribbon and medallion to hang around my neck, but I’m guilty of wanting other medals to proudly display on the shelf in my head.
BEST TEAM MEMBER
HONERABLE MENTION: CHEF (hee, hee)
I think of my mission of working to become a family that GIVES GRACIOUSLY, and I hope it isn’t just another medal I’m secretly craving.
What about you? What medals to you work for and desire?