Jared wrote a story for this year's reflection contest. He won on the local level and was sent on to the Council level. We got a letter from the school inviting us to a Council Awards Ceremony last night.
The evening began with an open house. We looked through the entries and had a cookie. When the program began, they did literature first. Jared was sitting on a bench just below me. We were watching and I had told Jared that I was pretty certain he didn't win anything since his name wasn't on the list, but I didn't know because there was no ribbon on his entry.
I looked down at him while the names were being read. Jared had his fingers crossed on both of his hands and was just bouncing around. In my mind I could hear him saying, "Please say my name. Jared, Jared, Jared."
It broke my heart a little seeing how badly he wanted to win and knowing he wasn't going to. He was so disappointed when they didn't call his name. He said to me after words, "I know it is OK. Now I just have to start again and I worked really hard on it."
It is so hard to watch your kids learn the difficult lessons in life. I was at a loss as to what I should say to him, so I just hugged him. I was impressed with his sportsmanship. Not so long ago, he would have gotten so upset. For just one moment he did a body slump and then he swallowed his pride and was happy for those who won. Even when we were leaving Jared went up to one of the girls that won and told her congratulations. He is maturing and learning right before my eyes. I was happy to see the change.