Over the weekend, the Cub Scouts hosted their annual Pinewood Derby, an event which features homemade wooden cars that race down a track at breakneck speed in the elementary school cafeteria. This was our fourth Pinewood Derby for our son, and even the girls participated this year by making their own cars and racing them in the “semi-pro” division. Good times. Well, I’m not sure if it was the long day spent at the Derby, the high hopes for a winning car, an intense personality, or a combination of all of the above, but a certain 6 year-old could not handle the fact that she did not win a trophy! “But my car won one of the races, Mommy!” she cried in frustration. After trying to calmly explain, over her loud sobs, how the scoring process works, I moved into full-on “If this is how you act after a competition, we won’t be able to participate in these events anymore” mode. Not helpful at that particular moment in time.
Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!