I’m a winner!
Not of a marathon or a prize fight or an exemplary employee recognition, but something equally great:
I won fellow blogger Coffee Powered Mom’s crafty giveaway! Check out her blog: I think today it was powered by about seventeen cups of coffee and a babysitting dilemma. (Wait, no, it is me who was powered by about seventeen cups of coffee. My bad.)
The last time I won a contest was in 1986. I was eight years old (don’t do the math), and I wrote a poem about a tree. I was called to the principal’s office and was awarded a sapling. I brought it home and showed my mother my beautiful new baby pine tree, which she eyed with disgust before dumping it in a garbage can. (Our yard was full of pine trees, and my blind mother was constantly battling with those cones.)
So the tree went to the dump, but my parents bought me a replacement tree: a tree of my choice. I picked an orange tree and I named her Valerie. I don’t remember eating a single one of Valerie’s oranges. But I was proud that she was mine, and that I won her.
The poem doesn’t exist anymore, but I think it went something like this:
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a pine tree
Maybe not. My eight-year-old poetry was probably much, much worse.
It was also the only time I was ever called to the principal’s office for any good reason.
Thank you to Coffee Powered Mom for making me feel like a winner again!