Friday, 26 June 2009

It's the taking part, right?

Yesterday was daughter's Sports Day. I was not teaching in the afternoon so I begged not to be put on a cover lesson and was lucky enough to be able to attend and cheer her on (they got me for cover today instead).

She tried her best. She had fun. She got a lot of "Well done" stickers for her efforts.

At the end she asked me,

"Why didn't I come first in anything, mummy?"

I replied,

"Because you inherited your mummy's sporting genes, sweetheart"


Daughter gamely coming last in the sack race.

18 comments:

gigi said...

So glad that you got to be in the cherring section. Sorry about the daughters sporting abilities :(

The wife of bold said...

Snap! My daughter had her first ever sports day yesterday - she came last! Bless her but thankfully she didn't even realise x

mr-stu said...

Glad you could go I had to miss this year because of people being off sick and on holiday......damn!

Expat mum said...

Ha ha. Now if you'd been over here in the USA, you'd have been legally obliged to list all her "gifts" so as to bolster her self-esteem, followed by a huge high five and a non-winner's trophy!

Maggie May said...

Can't be good at everything! I am sure she is a head above in other things with a teacher for a mum!
I was rotten at sports & didn't even enjoy them.

Maternal Tales said...

Aaaaah. Bless her... Still got a couple of weeks until R's sports day...I just hope and pray she doesn't collapse in tears before the finish line once she realises she might not win everything!! x

Kelloggsville said...

Brilliant photo, you can't say she wasn't trying.

Sports Day races aren't geared towards sporting prowess, it's the luck on the day. Sack race where the sacks are all the same size but the kids differ massively. Odd shaped thing on odd shaped spoon whilst child runs on uneven surface and tries to wave at mum - not even Linford Christie was going to do well!

I most enjoy watching the other mums bitching at/about each other -it's the most competitive part of the day!!!

Glad you got to go - working mums so often miss out. She won't remember where she came in a few years time just that you were there and were very proud.
x

Michelloui said...

Not everyone is sporty! But that's hard to explain when your child is pleading with you for an explanation. Been there. Your daughter will excel in other things no doubt--perhaps writing, like her mum!

ModernMom said...

Ahh. You did manage to capture such a great photo and gave a perfect answer is this hyper competitive world.

rosiero said...

I think too much sport is bad for your health!!! Watching a DVD with a mountain of chocolate biscuits is so much more exciting!! I definitely lack the sporting gene.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Definitely the taking part! Amy tries her best at sports day and I egg her on no end, but it does seem very competitive at times, I think kids just like to win!!

CJ xx

Moannie said...

I honestly believe that children must learn they can't be good at everything but that all children are good at something. It really is the taking part that matters, here in the UK anyway; sadly we do tend to invent sports and then lose, but hey! It's the taking part that matters, and my didn't give her all.

rosiescribble said...

Bless her! And good answer. I'll have to remember that one!

Suburbia said...

Funny, I have those genes too!
Fantastic photo!

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

great photo, so unstaged..lovely

scrappysue said...

awesome pic!

Iota said...

When my son was embarrassed to be last in his school sack race, I loved what my husband said to him.

"We can't all be good at everything. If you could choose what to be good at, would jumping along in a sack be on your list of top choices? No, I thought not. Be glad that you did so much better when the talents were being handed out!"

I thought that was a great way of looking at it.

Iota said...

And lovely photo, by the way.