Wednesday, 12 November 2014

I've been certified

The pink card commemorates success at floral art!
I've been reliving some former glories from my childhood. I have a cardboard box full of certificates for various achievements, some of which date back to my primary school days: such marvels as the two-widths splash race, and then later 'proper' swimming and life-saving skills; school sports day; Cycling Proficiency Test (I have two of these!); St Johns Ambulance Brigade awards for first aid, hygienic food handling and, unbelievably, home nursing; there's dancing, gymnastics and athletics; Save The Children fundraising; and piano playing. There are some useful ones, too, such as my degree and other professional and academic qualifications.

Why did I keep them? I suppose I was proud of myself at the time. Why do I continue to keep them? No idea - but I can't bring myself to throw them away.




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  1. I have a whole folder of certicicates I got from poetry competitions I went in for as a child.

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    1. Awards for poetry are rather more edifying than some of mine, Wendy.

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  2. I was certifiable for many years and I'm a keeper!

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    1. Thanks for making me smile,Dixie.

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  3. its great that you've kept them all, half of mine are still in a box at my mum's house (and I am 42!) I wonder if she has still got my colouring competition winner mention in the newspaper.....

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    1. You'd be surprised what mums keep, Joanna. I have a friend who has every picture her children have ever drawn!

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  4. I think it's a nice thing to be able to look back on all that stuff. You should take all of the papers and decoupage them to a canvas that will fit all of them. Then hang in up in a hallway where you can pass and smile at them everyday :)

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    1. That sounds far too creative for my meagre artistic talents.

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