19 Sep 2013 7 Comments
Kiddo: Mommy, what’s competition?
Me: It’s when a bunch of kids get together and perform, and some judges decide who did the best job. It can be pretty stressful.
Kiddo: Why, Mommy?
Me: Well, I guess some kids put a lot of pressure on themselves to win, and they feel sad if they don’t win.
Kiddo: But why do they want to win?
Me: A lot of reasons. Maybe they’ve put in a lot of work, and they want to see it pay off. Or maybe they want to be the best. I don’t know.
Kiddo: *thinks for a minute* That’s not why I want to compete.
Me: *smiles* Why do you want to compete, honey? So you can wear the cool clothes?
Kiddo: No, Mommy. It’s because it’s fun and I like doing it.
Me: *momentarily speechless*
Kiddo: I mean, it’s supposed to be fun! Why would you get stressed? That doesn’t make any sense.
Me: *manages* You’re very wise, sweetie. That’s the right attitude to have.
Frankly, that’s the attitude I wish I had! And I’m going to remember my kiddo’s wisdom the next time I feel stressed about my manuscripts.
Writing is fun. I love doing it.
End of story.