Wednesday, November 7, 2012

lessons on losing

"Well, Mom, I didn't get elected Vice President."

"Oh, I'm sorry Ben. You would've done a great job. But, I'm so proud of you for trying."

"It's okay...I knew it would be close."

"Are you sad?"

"No, not at's no big deal."


"But, when Austin started bragging about it at recess I kind of wanted to punch him."

"I understand. But, if you had won, you would've been proud too."

"It was different than being proud. It was obnoxious."

"Well, I'm sorry about that. But losing builds character. Look at Abraham Lincoln. He lost way more than he won. But he didn't let that get him down."

"I know about Lincoln, he was shot in the back of the head...anyway, I'm done with politics. I'm going to be a Lego designer and a dad."

"Those are great things to be Ben. But I also know that you are a gifted leader, so don't let losing get you down. It's an important part of life. Honestly though, if the Ducks beat the Beavers in the Civil War, I guarantee I'm gonna feel like punching someone too."

He smiles.

Kiwanis Terrific Kid of the Month
No doubt about it. 


  1. absolutely love his honesty. wish our kids went to his school. although it might have created a gang
    hope saturday works out jen! just let me know. no pressure. love you guys!

  2. so maybe Abe Lincoln wasn't the best example. But good job anyways! :)