Since I had an acceptably pleasant experience writing my first Daily Prompt earlier this week, I figured I’d try my hand at another:
When was the last time someone told you they were proud of you?
I don’t actually know the answer to this question.
When we’re young, it’s easy to have people be proud of us. It’s just about every day that Mrs. Cutter or I tell the Cutlet that we’re proud of her.
Accomplishments like making a bowel movement on the potty (and not in her bed!) or behaving well when out at a restaurant are usually causes for praise.
Just last night, she was doing well playing her Disney Princess Memory game and I told her I was proud of her.
Once you’re an adult, people get held to slightly higher standards. This is very understandable. If people wanted to praise me every time I went to the bathroom, I’d probably be a little freaked out.
Admittedly, I’m not doing anything especially praise worthy. A fire fighter who helps put out a fire, or a surgeon who performs a successful operation probably have plenty of people wanting to praise them.
As a web developer, I don’t get too many people saying they’re proud of me because I got a conference registration form up on time. In fact, they’ll usually just be waiting to point out changes that need to be made.
I think if I really want people to tell me that they’re proud of me, I need to accomplish something. Maybe I should train for and complete a race. Maybe I should raise money for charity. Maybe I should actually complete my novel.
Until I start actually achieving things, I guess I’ll just have to hope that somebody finally notices my excellent job of peeing in the toilet.
Although now that I think about it, my daughter did tell me she was proud of me. But it was right after she used the potty, and she’s not especially good with pronouns. So I don’t think that really counts.