Tales of a traveling trophy

10 Apr

I couldn’t give it away.

The OBOB trophy perched atop the school’s trophy cabinet for 11 months. I was told I needed to bring it to the regional meet and someone there would be responsible for getting it to the State Tournament for Oregon Battle of the Books. Worried, I’d forget it, I took the trophy a few days early, wrapped it in a blanket, and put it in the trunk of my car. I spent the next few days in fear of being rear-ended, but looking forward to passing the responsibility to someone else.

I didn’t get to.

After we won the regional OBOB tournament, I was told I would be the one responsible for getting it to the State OBOB tournament. I wrapped it in the blanket once more and returned it to the trunk of my car. It only stayed there until the next school day, when I took it out and put it on a table in my classroom. It sat there until a few days before the State OBOB tournament, when, once again, I wrapped it in a blanket,  put it in the trunk of my car, and spent the next few days in fear of being rear-ended.

Thursday evening, I received this email:

Screen Shot 2018-04-06 at 8.02.18 AMA short e-mail conversation followed.

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Finally, tournament day rolled around. We did well, but didn’t win, so I didn’t have to put the trophy back in my trunk. Someone else  gets to experience the joy of displaying it for a year, and the responsibility of transporting it next year.

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5 Responses to “Tales of a traveling trophy”

  1. arjeha April 10, 2018 at 6:12 am #

    Oh the joy of being the responsible person. I know I have felt this way about things and the older I get the more I am afraid of forgetting something.

  2. terierrol April 10, 2018 at 8:55 am #

    So sorry your team didn’t win again, but at least that responsibility is over!

  3. Alice Nine April 10, 2018 at 9:20 am #

    I love how you used repetition to craft this delightful slice: wrapping the trophy in a blanket, placing it in your car trunk, and then the ever present “fear of being rear-ended.” Love your last two lines… the thread gave a reason to celebrate not winning. 🙂

  4. Lisa Corbett April 10, 2018 at 5:40 pm #

    I can relate! This might not seem like a big deal to many people, but it is! When my husband and I moved into our first house, he unpacked a box that he’d packed years (and several moves) before. He found a trophy he and his step-dad had one at a 2-on-2 hockey tournament. He was supposed to have passed it on the following year, but…

  5. Brian Rozinsky April 10, 2018 at 8:36 pm #

    Another case of great power, great responsibility? I just know I smiled at your first sentence.

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