I have a very humorous friend on Twitter and Facebook (you should look him up and follow) who posted the following comment last night:
and then one of his friends said this:
thinking the idea would catch and spread like fire in an August field of dried weeds. But it didn’t. Weird. I suppose everyone was riveted by whatever particular daily famous people awards show was playing.
But I added another of my own:
So (thanks to Lourie J Kolar whose brilliant idea it was) I thought I’d write up some more of my own categories for:
The Average Person Awards Show!!
*Cue annoying music that cuts off mid-measure*
Here to present this year’s categories, wearing Riders Slim Fit She’s Not Kidding Anyone Jeans, with a Kohl’s 30% off three quarter sleeve purple fake sparkly T-shirt highlighted by her plain gold 36 year old wedding band is none other than the woman who everyone mistakes as their long lost aunt, cousin, neighbor or old girlfriend, Kami Tilby.
*Sound of crickets.*
Thank you for holding your applause. Let’s get right to it.
For Outstanding Efforts in Resisting the Call of Social Media when Real Life was More Important.
Working on a College Degree While Holding Down a Full Time Job and Supporting a Family.
For Holding Your Tongue When A Witty Response Would Have Been Stunning But Hurtful
And in the same category for the shorter interest span: Deleting A Scathing Comment Before Posting It and Walking Away From the Electronic Device.
Staying Up All Night With Your Kid/Mom/Spouse/Friend while they Puked/Cried/Seizured/Melted Down and Still Carried On a Full Day after No Sleep
Most Creative Multiple Late Excuse Note Writing for a Junior Or Senior in High School
Fixing Dinner for the Gazillionth Time Without Complaining Outloud
Waking Up and Going Off to Earn a Living for the Trillionth Time With No Recognition or Applause and Not Breaking Windows or Rioting While Having the Government Take Thirty Percent
Speaking Kindly and Forgiving that Sibling Who Still Pushes your Buttons
So The Family Can Be Together in Peace
Stretching a Dollar Past Its Physical Capacity to Feed A Family Well Beyond Reason
Special Semi-Political Category Because It’s My Blog and I Can Do What I Want:
Public School Teachers Who Selflessly Work Well Beyond Their Compensated Time to Meet All Standards Prescribed and to Teach, Cajole, Love, Care For and Protect Children They Aren’t Even Related To While They Get to Hold Down a Second Job to Pay for the Opportunity to Work the First One.
Single Mothers and Single Fathers Who Do The Work Normally Handled By Two People and Still Raise Nice Kids Who Respect Women, the Elderly and Children
Starting a Small Business on a Feather and a Lot of Sweat and Prayer Against All Odds and In the Face of Economic Ruin
Being Honest and Trustworthy and Maintaining Integrity Even When It Costs You Your Job
A LOT MORE POTENTIAL CATEGORIES
Make up your own category and comment below. Nominate someone. Heck, nominate yourself. A few people need to be recognized for the outstanding everyday effort they put out continually and will never ever be noticed or applauded for it.
And no, this is not some lame, participation award people get just for showing up. There, I said it.
Maybe we just need to hand out compliments to people we know for a job well done. Thank the kid who cleans up after you’ve spilled popcorn while watching that movie. Thank the people who fill in potholes, keep the electricity running, haul off your trash, and clean up the parks. Give a high-five to whoever you think deserves it, because they probably do.
We can all use a little recognition for our efforts, don’t ya think?
This next part is the very important small print but in average size:
Voting for this year’s categories will be accepted until February 28. You can vote if you’re an average person. No famous persons allowed. Sorry. Being Average has its privileges.