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It’s not the Winning…

Flea
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. 

Anyway. 

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?"

"No."

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

"No."

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?"


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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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Sally

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.

20 Comments

  1. Love In The Nest

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

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  2. Nikki

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

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  3. Sarah

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

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  4. emamaya

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

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  5. MIdlife Singlemum

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

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  6. Sally Whittle

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

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  7. Sally Whittle

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

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  8. Sally Whittle

    That’s a good thing to be, I reckon!

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  9. Sally Whittle

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

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  10. Sally Whittle

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

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  11. Kate, WitWitWoo

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

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  12. Purplemum

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

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  13. TheBoyandMe

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

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  14. Honest Mum

    Wait, 15 people in front isn’t winning?

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  15. Sally Whittle

    Awwww. I was rubbish too – asthmatic.

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  16. Sally Whittle

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

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  17. Sally Whittle

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

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  18. Sally Whittle

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

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  19. Sally Whittle

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

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  20. northernmum

    awww that broke my heart a little

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