Ever hear of the Pinewood Derby? It’s famous in the world of Scouts.
Each child gets a chunk of wood, four wheels and some goofy little axle pins.
Not too many rules: just a maximum racing weight limit.
Other than that, Scouts can do pretty much anything they want in design.
This year, John has been paying more attention.
He decorated his car with a marker.
His name and a smiley face.
Apparently enough to win “Unique Design”.
Everyone wins something, right?
And his car came in #2, overall, among about 20 Scouts.
This caused great clamor among his peers, lots of cheering and lots of heats (times they run the cars).
You can see here an elaborate track.
When they announced his name as overall #2 winner, John let out a whoop and ran toward the announcer.
Quite joyous. Quite aware.
Self-aware of his buddies happy and shouting for him.
Self-aware that his little car had done well.
Aware. Alive. In this world with us.
What we parents urgently seek: our kids being aware.
So, keep putting your child in situations where self-awareness can grow.
And it may. Don’t give up.
Peace be with us,