Thursday, 15 June 2006

Learning one of life's hardest lessons.

Losing. It sucks. It really, really sucks. Boy Onder learned this the hard way today. He was chosen as the grade 4 boys’ high jumper for the York Region Catholic School Board’s Track and Field meet today. Hubster and I took the day off to go and watch him jump high, waaaaay high, in all his glory. But alas, his first attempt was unsuccessful. We held hope, praying and crossing our fingers that he would do it on the second attempt, but it was not to be. He was the first to jump and the first to be eliminated. He was absolutely devastated.

It broke our hearts to see him so dejected. We gave him a couple of minutes to absorb it and then headed over to the stands to congratulate him on his attempts. As soon as he saw me, his eyes welled up with huge, sad tears…

“I made it over Mom…I know I did.”

“You were so close sweety. Don’t cry. You are here and all the other kids are back at school. You should be proud that you came so far.”

His eyes welled up even more.

“Boy Oneder…you need to stop crying. You did your best, right?”


“Then that’s all that matters. Now you can relax and cheer on the rest of the school in the other events. I’m very proud of you for getting this far.”

“Thanks Mom.” Tears still welled up in his eyes.

“I love you Boy Oneder.”

“I love you too Mom.”

We pulled ourselves away and left him with his friends. As we were walking away, I could hear his friend, Daniel, telling Boy Oneder that it was OK…winning wasn’t everything. But let’s face it…when you are nine years old, winning IS everything. Note: Daniel hadn’t completed his event yet .

It takes times like these to make children understand that not everyone can win all the time. It’s a lesson we all have to learn, but it is one of the hardest pills to swallow.

I have to pick him up from school in about twenty minutes. I wonder how he is feeling now.
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