Saturday, February 26, 2011

Never give up

"When you were in school, were you very good in sports?", my son asked me.

"Not at all."
"But now how are you are winning medals?"
"Because in long races, you get a medal for finishing."
"I also finished my race. And I ran very fast. But I didn't win."
"If you did your best, you are a winner."
"I know. But I wish I had got a medal too."

I gave him my latest medal, and asked him to keep it till he earned one for himself. Maybe that piece of metal will remind him never to give up.
Me grinning after running up a hill I thought I would take many
more months to conquer.
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Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - You are such a good and loving mother! And it's so important to keep focused on what really makes a winner. Conquering personal obstacles - that makes a winner!

Oh, and I just love the look of triumph on your face as you see that you've gotten to the top of that hill :-).

Mary Vaughn said...

Your instincts are phenomenal!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Love your beautiful smile of victory!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Margot - persistance is all it really takes, isn't it?
And thank you. I was thrilled. And almost didn't see my friend (with another friend) waiting at the top of the hill to catch the moment for posterity.

@ Mary - thank you. He loves the medal, so he may remember the lesson.

@ Debra - thank you. It was just my luck that my friend was waiting to catch it.

Holly Ruggiero said...

That's so sweet. Congrats on conquering that hill, you look so happy.

Pk Hrezo said...

I love that idea.... you'll be his inspiration. And way to go on that hill!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Look at that proud grin!!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Holly - thank you. Yes, that has been one of the high points of my life in the last couple of months.

@ Pk - I do hope it teaches him that the person who seemingly does best is not always the best.

@ Alex - *grins*

dipali said...

You look great! And happy:)

sue said...

I think it's important for kids (and others) to know that it hasn't always been easy, and that adults too have to work hard to achieve good results - that it's possible to be an old dog and learn new tricks (with apologies because you aren't old)
Good on your friends for capturing the moment!

Jemi Fraser said...

I bet he treasures that medal as much as the one he gets on his own :)

Ella said...

Rayna, I love what you did! I did something similar, for my son.
You look strong n' beautiful conquering that hill! Thanks for sharing this beautiful sentiment~

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Dipali - thank you. And happy doesn't start to describe it.

@ Sue - exactly. Most things come only after a lot of hard work- some don't come despite hard work, and somethings come easier to some people than to others. BUT, hard work is the key.

@ Jemi - he might just. But even if he loses it, I would be happy if he remembers the lesson.

@ Ella - thank you. Yes, it was a sudden inspiration, and I am glad I did it.


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