I think there was a time, way back, when life wasn't sugar coated. When not everyone made the team and you didn't get a participation trophy. Winners are winners because the cream rises to the top. Today I'm feeling guilty. Awards assembly day. The day when children who have worked hard deserve to be honored with recognition. Should every child receive an award? If everyone got one, then it doesn't become special or coveted. It almost becomes a joke, Best Shoe Tie-er; Least likely to Dribble at the Water Fountain.....give me a break. Awarding everyone is like saying "its okay to be mediocre.....average is fine......just get by and try not to excel" I'm sad that kids get their feelings hurt and I'm more sad that parents get theirs hurt worse. But life can not be sticky sweet all the time.