A few weeks ago my son competed in his second Pinewood Derby car race through his cub scout troop. He has been great both years. The first year I had high hopes. I went online did research about how to make the best car, I worked with my son on design and before I knew it — the race was only days away and I did not start building his car!!! I quickly called up one of my congregational members and he did the cutting of the car and then we took it home and sanded it and painted it and it looked real nice. We ended up getting I think fourth or fifth overall and he was pretty happy.
This year I did not want the same thing to happen. So we again made a design and we spent more time putting the car together. This year he wanted a Lego theme. I for one am pretty impressed. I cut the wood but Logan did the rest. We both were pretty proud of ourselves. Then it was race day…..
I was nervous – since he did so well the previous year, did he have high expectations? We tried to tell him win or lose he is there to have fun….How would he react? Would his car go down the track? Here is a picture of what we were seeing most of the day…
That’s right first place!!!!! Granted he did lose some races but most of the day he got first or second place. Again he was pretty happy with how he did. However, in the end he did not get enough points for a trophy (for the second year in a row a boy in his den won first place in the entire pack!). But he had a good time and he did get a certificate for the most creative car.
More than the trophies and the other awards, I enjoyed the time I got to spend with my son building the car and seeing his creative mind at work. Both years he came up with the idea and both years he did most of the work on the car. I was there to guide him a long the way, making sure he was going to be as successful as possible.
There will be so many times that my son is going to succeed and be number one in his life. There will also be many times that he is going to fail — but as long as he has the creative juices flowing and as long as he keeps his sense of humor and practices good sportsmanship, I truly believe he will be successful in life. I see so much confidence in him, and I hope he is able to harness that and use it for positive things in his life. He has the personality to be a great leader, I hope he keeps up with that and takes advantage of it in the future. We as parents can only give our children the tools for success and give the rest to God.