No awards needed

Thursday, May 2, 2019

It is award season.
While I rejoice with those who rejoice, I think about the kids who don't get anything.

They do not fit the definition of "gifted and talented."
As a matter of fact, they don't even bother to take that test.

They go to school, give their best and don't get any special recognition. Okay, maybe the attendance one.

Today, I want to recognize you for your wise investment in your child.

You are the parent who loves relentlessly.
You nurture and help.
You encourage and cheer them on.
You know that at the end of the day, the only award that matters is the love you store in their hearts.

What really matters is the unconditional way you give it.

So what if they don't make it to the honor roll again?

You are the one who carries the honor of being a parent.

Because of your commitment to loving your child well, they get to succeed in what really matters.

So, let them be the type of child who is free to be themselves.

Let them be children who enjoy a childhood free from pressure to perform.

Let them feel what being truly loved means, no matter if their performance can't be written in history books.

Here's to the people like me, who were never recognized in public because of their academic talents.

Here's to parents like mine, who loved, nurtured and encouraged me to be the best I could be.

In the end, I believed them. Now I get to spread that same message to my children.

What message? You are loved for who you are. God made you special and I treasure you daily, no awards needed.
MEL said...

Thanks for another wonderful topic! I always hated the end of school awards when I was a child. I'm the 4th daughter of 5 daughters and 1 son (I was also born one year before the ONLY son). Awards day always meant competition between my 3 older sisters, my brother and me (the last was lucky enough to be born 8 years after my brother. so she was essentially an only child). As #4, I had to try to at least receive the awards that my 3 older sisters received at my age and earn a never received award to "outdo" my brother. I always failed at both attempts. Luckily, I am the mother of only one child and whether he received an award or not, I was always especially proud.