At the ages between five and 18, when you win wrestling tournaments, you receive a medal. It may look like gold, but isn’t genuine gold. As a youngster, around nine or ten years of age, I won a few myself, but they weren’t even worth a copper penny. They weren’t worth zinc. Then, I began taking second and third place, thus receiving silver and bronze medals. Those medals were made of aluminum foil and caramel apples. The gold ran out for me just like it did for those after the rush.
In Alaska, they refer to those gold medals as fool’s gold. Evidently, nobody can fool one of my great nephews. His name is Rocco, and with that name, you better live up to that name. As a wrestler, so far, he has. He additionally is trying to maintain a sense of reality. With the help of his father, after winning a few of these “gold” medals himself, his father, Pat, had to break the news to his young son. “Rocco, you know those aren’t made out of genuine gold, right?”
“These aren’t really made of Gold?”
Wildly disappointed, and with maniacal curiosity, Rocco asked, “How do I get REAL gold?”
Pat made an attempt to explain to his son what real gold was, then proceeded to tell him how he could obtain this precious medal. “You mine for it in California, or Alaska or win it in the Olympics.”
This didn’t sit well with Rocco at all. Quite sure his goal is not to be a miner when he grows up, I guess we’ll see how much sweat, blood and tears he have will to suffer through to obtain gold at the Olympics.
Honestly, I think a smaller, yet worthy and more obtainable goal, would be striving for becoming, I don’t know, a doctor or an astronaut.
I’ll write the conclusion to this blog in about twenty years.