Steve had spent almost two weeks working on making our house a holiday light spectacular in hopes of winning the neighborhood lighting contest. The week of the contest judging, the kids went and purchased some more decorations for the house at Sears in hopes of winning this year.
To everyone's disappointment we did not win, but we are still winners in our hearts.
The night of the neighborhood lighting contest we had the strangest storm here in Orange County. There was a downpour of heavy rain complete with thunder and lighting (something we don't get much of in Orange County). Andrew's school musical performance was happening, and with the crazy weather, we got home late.
Ella and I stopped to get a few things at the store when I got the call. Andrew was on the telephone in complete tears. He was upset about not winning the annual lighting contest. It was at that moment that I realized how significant the contest was not only to Steve, but to him too.
I then looked back at all the times Steve was outside trying to wire all the lights together that Andrew was right by his side helping him. Andrew was the one holding the ladder trying to help keep his Dad from falling. Andrew was there for every part of the decorating. While I had thought the contest was only important to Steve, I learned how valuable it was to Andrew too.
That evening we had to talk with him about the hard fact of life. Sometimes no matter how hard you work to achieve a goal, it is not about winning or losing, but about how much fun you had while doing it. We spent the evening talking about how much fun we had decorated the house together, and the memories we will have forever. We talked about the memories we will have of Daddy falling off the roof, and when the circuit on the house blew when Mommy tried to dry Tyler's hair.
The next morning the elf on the shelf left the kids a special note. Andrew took the note and hung it next to his bed. We all decided that next year we will not submit our house to win the contest. We will just enjoy trying to put as many lights on the house as possible because we love to do it.
|Our house on top and the winning house below.|
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