Recently, Harris completed his one and only week of camp for the summer- a baseball camp. It was one that he was super excited about from the very beginning and it did not disappoint! On the very first day, after Harris hopped in the car, we had a conversation that went something like this:
Harris: I was the best pitcher there today (on his team)
Mom: Oh, is that right? Well.... (at this point I was moments away from launching into a lecture on humility and egotism)
Harris: Wait, I can prove it! I got a pin for "best pitcher of the day!" And guess what? They don't give them to everyone!
(you can't tell but that's Harris running through the line after his named was called)
I find it really interesting that Harris noticed that not everyone got to take an award/pin home (though I'm sure throughout the week lots of pins were indeed handed out) and that it made the acknowledgment more meaningful to him. I often wonder if we are doing our children a great disservice for so often giving trophies for participation instead of an actual accomplishment? I'm thinking we don't give our children enough credit because as we walked away after the awards ceremony I didn't see one single child distraught or angry that they didn't receive an award. In fact, several children came up and congratulated Harris with an awesome pat on the back or a "you deserved it" holler. I'm curious, what do you think about this?
This past spring Harris tried out for a travel baseball team and didn't make it. Before tryouts, I voiced my concern that Harris might not make the team. Bryce was adamant that that was no reason to discourage him from trying as he believes that ultimately failure makes you stronger and helps to develop character, work ethic and humility. I'm glad that he's wise about that sort of thing because as hard as it is to see your child not succeed in something they desperately want to succeed in, it makes the small victories, such as winning a pitching award at camp, that much sweeter.