But there’s no trophy for the second-most boring middle-aged man, so there.
I usually have to swap gazpacho recipes to win one of those.
There is no participation trophy for drawing Doug. There is tropy only for the best drawn Doug.
I was robbed!
If you’ve ever complained about participation trophies, know that you too are competing in the Most Boring Middle-Aged Man competition.
I expect you to:
- take time out of what you want to do, to do what I want you to do;
- to wear special clothes I specify (sports kit or uniform), even if you have to buy them;
- to learn the rules I specify and adhere to them;
- to practice or rehearse to an acceptable standard, in your own time and at your own expense;
- to go to a place I specify;
- at a time I specify;
- to make an event happen by participating;
- for which I get the credit and publicity for arranging it;
and now YOU expect ME to give you something in return for participating???!?!?!?! How ungrateful is that?
(Do I need to point out that is sarcasm? If so, take a long hard look at your selfish values.)
When I was in grammar school in the ’50s I was in an after school rec program at a neighboring park. All the kids got a certificate of participation. It was a diploma style printed form on vellumy paper but the name and date were hand lettered with a Speedball pen. I really liked it, not because it boosted my self esteem but because I liked the paper and the calligraphy.
August 09, 2014