We are beyond the days of everyone gets a trophy or a certificate for just showing up.
She drops a purple sheet of paper on the dinner table and walks away throwing the comment over her shoulder......
"Apparently I'm supposed to get an award or something. I don't know what it is."
"Do I have to go?"
The sheet says:
[You have been nominated to receive an award at our Underclassmen Award Ceremony. This will be a very special occasion for you and your family]
[I extend my congratulations to you. It is always a pleasure to recognize the accomplishments of our students.]
The Groundeds High School Principle
It doesn't say what she did, but I suspect I know, and I am guessing it has something to do with her writing score on our State Standards Testing for Sophomores.
"You don't know what it is? It's during the school day, can we go? It says 'family."
Lit: "Do I have to go? I haven't done anything. I don't deserve to be recognized for anything. If it was the writing, I barely tried, it was stupid!"
This is the child who deprived me of her eighth grade Banquet and Creative Writing Awards at the Arts Middle School two years ago.
She told me,
"You guys don't have to come. It's expensive and it's not going to be any big deal. No, I won't be getting anything except the Mock Awards and everyone gets those. Parents don't have to come. There is no reason for you to be there. It's a Dumb ceremony and it's boring.
You Won't Be Missing Anything! "
It was so Obvious that she didn't think it was important and didn't want us there that we decided to forgo paying 80 bucks to have an awful and boring time. We did not go.
Which is how we ended up looking like the most cold, uninvolved, rotten parents on the planet.
When I picked her up she held her Mock Award, or joke award (Which by the way was a certificate that said, Most Likely To Light Up The Room With Her Smile.)
A Trophy engraved with: Littlest G : Non Fiction Writer of The Year.
Which is when I wanted crawl in a hole and die and fled like the place was on fire before being cast in shame before the eyes of other parents walking out of the ceremony beaming at their children.
So what is this kids issue? I understand disdain for the, 'everybody gets one - big deal - events'. But why won't she take credit when she does accomplish something? It's not like we show up in cut offs and flip flops with a cooler of beer and some snacks or even do that predictable, 'stand up and take pictures and block everyones view through the entire event' thing. Is she actually boosting her boost by making us reassure and beg? Hmmmm...
The SeaMonkey and I were discussing it this morning and I told him,
"I can see it now. In fifteen years."
"Oh...by the way.....For some reason I'm getting the Congressional Medal of Honor...but it's no big deal.....you don't have to be there....I'd rather stay home, myself...but I Have To Go...It's so dumb...."
I told her I didn't care if she was being awarded a Pixie Stick for having the Most Sour Attitude in school......She Will Be There. And So Shall We.
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