Sunday Scribblings – Standing Ovation

I’ve spent the weekend with my nephew.  He’s 20 months old and the most wonderful child I know; yes I’m biased, but he is!  He’s at the age where he’s learning so many new things every day and, as I don’t see him often enough, I miss too many of them.

This weekend he was showing off his basketball skills.  He’s got a net that’s about 4 foot high and he’s got a mini basketball that he tries to score a basket with.  Every time he manages it, and sometimes when he doesn’t, he expects applause!  The look on his face is priceless; he’s so proud of himself, a little confused at how he actually managed to do it and beaming because he’s getting a huge clap from everyone in the room!

At that age we’re so eager to see every little thing that they learn and praise them for everything, but as they get older we’re not so good at heaping on the praise.  I think it’s just as important no matter how old you are to get praise for things that you’ve done well.  So next time a good meal appears in front of you or someone does anything worthy of a bit of praise, give them a standing ovation, they might look at you as though you’re going slightly mad, but they’ll probably enjoy it and it’ll certainly put a smile on their face!  Go on, spread a little happiness!


5 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings – Standing Ovation

  1. I usually do give them a standing ovation, it comes in a form of a large tip! Actually, many people don’t feel their place because if they do a good job they fly under the radar. Every once in a while it is great to acknowledge they are good people too! Great thoughts, thanks for sharing with us!


  2. Nice one Claire. Young children learn so quickly, they tend to ‘get away’ from you. Just had four days looking after my four year old grandson. Hadn’t seen him for four months, and it was like trying to hold on to a piece of forked lightning. I’M the one who needed the standing ovation afterwards!


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