Originally posted 2010-04-28 21:36:53.
I came home from work this evening and Caitlin came and greeted me; oily mouthed, as her and her grandparents were already having dinner. “She said she was hungry already, so we started dinner first”, said Grandma.
Caitlin then told me that she “came first today because I got the most stars.”
Apparently her school or class has this reward “system” where the “good” kids are given stars for various achievements. I’ve heard her say this a few times before; only yesterday she said she got a star for best (hand) writing. Stars could also be awarded for, presumably, best behaved, etc. She further offered that the girls were the ones ahead, “the boys are all at the back..” !
So tonight she tells me that she’s got the most stars in her class. Naturally I was quietly very proud of my little princess
After congratulating her and finishing up dinner, we went to chill for a bit in the living room. We talked about how her friend (whom she mentions quite often) came second; according to her.
I felt compelled to tell her or teach her some facts of life.
I told her that there may be a chance that someone else, possibly her friend; seeing as it looks like she wasn’t far behind Caitlin, may “overtake” her, that she may end up not having the most stars in her class anymore.
Obviously still basking in this glory, she didn’t seem to quite grasp what I was trying to tell her. “Why?”
“I’m just saying that it may happen that one day someone else may have more stars than you, and that you should be prepared if that happens..”
“Be ready for it; that you should be ready for if someone has more stars than you one day.. That you won’t be the first anymore..”
She thought about it for a while. “Why?”