Wordful Wednesday – Learning Hard Life Lessons

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I wasn’t going to blog about this.  Now that my children are getting older, I’ve become more aware of what I write about.  I  wouldn’t want my kids to be embarrassed or upset about something I write about them, so I’ve tried to be sensitive to that.  I just hope that one day if they read this they’ll see that I wrote about this not to draw attention to the fact that one child received and award and one didn’t, but because the topic is important to me.

Last week I watched one of my twins learn a hard life lesson and it hurt.  It hurt him and it hurt me because I didn’t like seeing him sad.

One of the twins got an award at school and the other one didn’t.  Since I was invited to the award ceremony, I was aware that the twin that was not being honored would realize eventually that well, he didn’t get honored.  That’s something that every kid realizes and has to get over.  It’s a life lesson, right?  Not everyone gets awards.  That’s just the way it is.  It’s just harder when your identical twin brother gets an award and you don’t.  And your parent is there, but not for you.

I think it was a particularly confusing time because he was happy for his brother, but wanted an award for himself as well and didn’t quite know how to react.  So, when I saw him after the assembly his eyes were watery and his face was sort of flushed and he didn’t want to talk to me.  It made me want to cry.  But, what do you do?  It’s life.  Maybe next time he’ll earn an award and if he doesn’t, then maybe the time after that.

His dad on the other hand didn’t look at it quite the same way.  He fashioned and gave him a special award because learning this life lesson doesn’t need to be so painful.

And somehow, it ended up being not so bad.  {smiling}

Have your kids had to learn any hard life lessons lately?

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