I just had to quickly share what happened today.
My daughter received a Principal’s Award for improving her reading and spelling. She is only six and in grade Prep, so I was very proud.
Plus, she has been quite a pain lately with an attitude I didn’t think I would have to deal with for at least another 10 years. So we needed this positive achievement.
She was to receive her award at the school assembly this morning. I stood with the other parents in the assembly hall and when some of the other Preps’ names were called out I started to clap. There was only a smattering of applause which I thought was pretty pathetic.
When my daughter’s name was called out I started to clap wildly but was cut short because no-one else was clapping. Do you know that awkward feeling when you are the only one clapping in a large group? It’s not the best feeling in the world.
Then a mother kindly leaned over to me and told me they wait until all the awards are read out and then everyone claps. Right. I considered myself told. A bit too late, though. She could have told me after clapped the first time!
Luckily my daughter is still too young to be embarrassed by her Mum. Judging by my spectacle this morning though, the time will come!