This morning I’m invited to the 6th grade awards assembly at Renowned Middle School. This may mean simply that The Princess will receive a "points" award for her extracurricular activities. (Her brothers gained fame for forgetting to turn in their points sheets at least one year each.)
I remember feeling very competitive on #1 Son’s behalf and overjoyed when he won academic awards. I’m glad to say that I have cooled down a bit, although having a cousin in the same grade may make me feel a little more eager on The Princess’ behalf.
This is in part because I won so few awards at anything in my school life. Every summer at camp I hoped for one of the drama awards, but even when I had a significant enough part, it never happened. My brother won trophies all the time, and I sensed I must lack some important quality, since I did not. I was a senior in high school before any such acknowledgment came my way (Best Actress in a Leading Role for playing Lucy in "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and Most Outstanding in the Choir–it was a pretty happy day for me).
I remain conflicted about awards. After all, we’ll get our reward in heaven, right?
How about you? Did awards come easily? Not at all? Was there something you always wished for and never received? And does it still matter to you now?