5 condolences: trophies

I’m not particularly…athletic.  I played softball in 3rd grade and got a participation trophy.  And my parents proudly added it to their trophy display next to my brother’s Little League trophies.  Once I hit junior high, I managed to add to their collection with an assortment of academic trophies.  And many of those were math-related.  You see, I was on the math team in junior high.  A team of kids who spent their lunch hours learning and practicing advanced math.  And we were good at it.  We won the city-wide math competition (I bet you didn’t know there was such a thing!), and we were the top-ranked public school in the state-wide competition.  And my parents proudly displayed all my math trophies.  In fact, I’m fairly certain they still have them on display in their house all these years later.

Trophies are a nice physical reminder of our accomplishments, and people often share the stories behind their trophies when friends and family come to visit.  Here are 5 condolence messages about trophies and their stories:

  1. Ilah played in our Vallejo Pinochle Fun Bunch Club for many years. Ilah won a trophy for getting a Boston Pinochle which is something very few people ever accomplish. Obtaining a Boston Pinochle is quite an accomplishment & something every pinochle player hopes to accomplish. [Published in Times-Herald]
  2. I remember when we first met, it was in kindergarden, Mrs Tylers class. I remember you told me your dad was a pro baseball player and I didn’t believe you, because at that age every little kids dream is for their dad to be a pro baseball player. So you invited me over one day from school and you showed me all you dads trophies and I was so amazed. [Published in The Palm Beach Post]
  3. I became acquanited with Ernie and his wife, Lois when Ernie was a member of Totem Pole Toastmasters Club 610 which met on Monday mornings at 6:10am. Ernie was a winner of many speaking trophies both locally and in the Toasmasters’ district of States of Washington, Oregon and Northern California. [Published in The Columbian]
  4. We have wonderful memories of skiing, kayaking and hiking with Pete. We’ll never forget the Down Easter’s toboggan racing team and how Pete helped us build our toboggan and race at Camden from 2001 through 2007 winning the oldest team trophy four times. [Published in Kennebec Journal]
  5. We will miss him in the Fantasy Football league where he always drafted players from his favorite team the “Packers”. In honor of Lynn the trophy will be renamed the “Lynn Memorial Trophy.” [Published in Marin Independent Journal]

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