It’s not the Winning…

I collected Flea from school yesterday evening to find my daughter was wearing a medal round her neck. She looked – unsurprisingly – pretty pleased with herself. 

"Wow, what's that?" I asked. 

"It's a medal," Flea told me. "Because I won cross country and did two laps." 

"Flea, that's amazing, well done you," I told her, genuinely impressed – it's an 800m track round Flea's school field, so two laps makes quite a decent run for a little person. 

I must confess though, I was a little surprised because Flea is the smallest child in her class and has come last in every single Sports Day race I've ever watched her in. Even the Egg and Spoon race, due to a last-minute fumble and an appreciation of the rules that was not shared by most of her classmates, it has to be said. 


Flea was obviously very pleased with herself, and we walked together out of the school towards our car. She was telling me all about the cross country route, and how she fell into not one, but two puddles of mud. 

"So," I said. "You won the race even though you fell over twice. That's brilliant.

"Yes, I won! But Darcy came first." 

Hmm. "How did Darcy come first if you won? Were you in a team?"


I think for a moment. "Did you come second?"


I give up. "So where did you come?"

Flea stops walking, thinking hard. "Oh, hang on," she said. "What's it called when there are 15 people and you come 15th?"


Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. Love In The Nest
    11th November 2011 / 9:05 am

    That is so lovely! What a sweetheart. Well done Flea for finishing the race 🙂

  2. Nikki
    11th November 2011 / 10:10 am

    ah – but what did you reply? Were you honest? Or did you “spin it”

  3. 11th November 2011 / 1:09 pm

    Bless her! She’s a cup half-full girl x

  4. 11th November 2011 / 2:13 pm

    go Flea. with that attitude she is a winner nevertheless.

  5. 11th November 2011 / 4:44 pm

    In my book completing the cross country is winning – and I don’t care how many people come before or after you.

  6. 11th November 2011 / 7:32 pm

    I know, bless her – she was SO pleased with herself.

  7. 11th November 2011 / 7:33 pm

    She answered her own question. “It’s last but it DOES NOT matter, Mummy.”

  8. 11th November 2011 / 7:33 pm

    She is remarkably pleased with her athletic performances in general, which is really lovely – I’ve seen other small kids get really demoralised.

  9. 11th November 2011 / 7:34 pm

    Crikey, I know what you mean – I used to loathe cross country.

  10. 11th November 2011 / 7:34 pm

    As a fellow ‘winner’ at cross country, I gotta high five Flea for that attitude. I just cried.

  11. Purplemum
    11th November 2011 / 7:41 pm

    Aw , that’s so sweet (and I really don’t do gushy-ness) I hope my boys grow up with that attitude.

  12. TheBoyandMe
    11th November 2011 / 9:11 pm

    Bless her little heart. What a fabulous attitude she’s got.

  13. 11th November 2011 / 9:11 pm

    Wait, 15 people in front isn’t winning?

  14. 12th November 2011 / 11:14 am

    Awwww. I was rubbish too – asthmatic.

  15. 12th November 2011 / 11:14 am

    I do approve of Flea’s utter belief that she is amazing NO MATTER what.

  16. 12th November 2011 / 11:14 am

    I know, sometimes kids are properly cute, aren’t they?

  17. 12th November 2011 / 11:15 am

    Although at some point, she’s going to realise that “last” and “winning” aren’t the same…

  18. 12th November 2011 / 11:15 am

    Well, some might say that, I couldn’t possibly comment.

  19. 12th November 2011 / 11:05 pm

    awww that broke my heart a little