And the award goes to… everybody on Facebook this week, or so it seems.
My News Feed has been flooded with over-the-moon happy, smiling pictures of pre-teens and gap-toothed tiny people, all proud as punch in their school uniforms, clutching their awards and end of term certificates.
All week there has been an influx of parents posting heart-explode moments about their little ones, who are by all accounts growing up way too fast and receiving Honours, Commendations, School Captaincies, Dux, Top of The Class, Best In Show, Best On Ground, Most Likely to Win More Awards and I think it’s cool.
I hardly have any mementos from my school days, no happy snap of when I came third (yes third, not first) in the local talent show at Warriewood Square or when I played a joey in the Christmas pantomime at Warringah Mall. There might be a photo of my Year 12 formal floating about, but whatever was going on with my hair I’d be happy to forget.
It’s one way technology is being used for good this week instead of evil. (Until we realise all the photos of our youth have been used by the Shadow Government for facial recognition in some evil plot to control us in the future. Insert scary laugh.)
Seriously, though, it’s a great way to remember these little wins in your little person’s life.
I thought I would write a letter to the kids who didn’t get an achievement award, or top their class, or get elected School Captain, because they need our encouragement too. Maybe you can read this to them and hopefully see their face light up because we all deserve that moment.