Medals are given for all manner of achievements. From bravery in war time, to olympic gold, school swimming medals and team awards. You don't just 'get' a medal, it is something you must work for, it is a goal, an achievement, something special, a landmark however small in the map of your lifetime.
I fairly burst with pride last night when Idgy got a team medal for coming second place in the Ayrshire interschools quiz.All the Ayrshire primary schools select a team of 5 children from their primary 7 class to compete for the prize each year. She had been so chuffed to be picked for the team, had swotted up on her general knowledge and even had a go at answering sporty stuff (don't bother, leave that to the boys!), she was ready.
Last night was The big Event. Was she nervous, yes, did she show it, no. She did answer her questions, she did beam with pride, and she hasn't taken her medal off since….
Big moment, big smiles.