If such praise had been piled upon me in my youth, I might have drowned from the sheer volume of pseudo marble and brass trophies, medals and ribbons garnered for futile attempts to be proficient at any sport. Indeed, as a teen, I lobbied the powers that be to grant some acknowledgement to the perpetually physically hopeless athletically wrong headed who still pursued sports, so as to obtain a school letter from my elementary alma mater; something I never ever wore once earned.
It taught me that getting the acknowledgment from the world, isn't all that I dreamed it would be.
But reaching adulthood, I find, we could all do with a few more bells and whistles for our accomplishments, awards we don't receive but which surely merit praise more than anything we ever did as youths riding the bench.
Thus I present the AWAWTNG AWARDS. (Pronounced Awaiting...as in, we're still waiting to get them). Please read the requirements for being considered a candidate for these honorific acknowledgements and submit your candidacy for consideration. The committee will get back to you soon.
Award of Dubious to be Recognized but Unmistakable Merit #1: The Dr. What, When, Where, How and Why Award.
We've all been there. It's after dinner and dishes, the day is winding down and you make the grave error of walking through the house. As such, you spy the shoes, the purse, the cell phone, the book, the kindle, the socks, the crucial thing that if you don't pick up right now, you will immediately forget what it was and where it was. But because you're you and you're the responsible one, you force yourself to 1) pick said item up and 2) transport it to a central location where it will be immediately claimed but with no questioning as to how said object got to be so convenient. The only one who knows the disaster that has been averted, is you. You're like a time lord who stopped a great calamity by moving the Earth a fraction of an inch. Time goes one for everyone else, but you know, you saved the world.
Certificate of Absolute Distinction Never Quite Noticed #2 :That is Not a Great Song Award
On the opposite end of the time spectrum is the morning. No one gets up to alarms. No one hears them. They all go off. You, selfless human being that you are, get up and turn those clamoring bells off and yes, you even wake those slumbering beings who need to rise without resorting to physical violence when they are the ones who opted to set up said alarm clocks to get up before sunrise for a new running regimen they don't follow. As an added feature, the paper received can be wadded up and stuffed into one's ears to possibly avoid winning the certificate several days in a row. There is a bonus for not using a hammer, potted plant, the complete works of Shakespeare or a mini-Louisville Slugger baseball bat that may be close at hand to turn off said alarm.
Highly Coveted Ribbon for Bravery No One Notices: Haircare Awareness
Every parent has a dreaded chore they wind up doing for a child who despises them for doing it. For me, it is my 3 year old daughter, who does not believe her hair can be cut without causing her to lose physical, emotional and psychological strength. It takes three days of preparation plus a well executed ambush to get the job done. At which point I need to recover my physical, emotional and psychological strength.
Her shunning of the cutting of her locks has led to "creative" methods for regular grooming including trimming bangs while she sleeps, bribing her with her weight in lollipops, and holding her in a towel while she watches Team Umi Zoomie, the hair cut episode while trying to get a few inches off the top. Her sister hit upon the brilliant idea of putting her remaining hair in a pony tail once we finished. The end result, we could see her face and she is pleased but I got no props for getting rid of the cousin it look. When we go to cast a ballot in the primaries, we get a sticker saying "I Voted." Cutting a resistant child's bangs ought to at least merit a sash of some sort for the rest of the day.