"Another Chapter for Girl with a Pearl Earring" did not ribbon at Vermont Quilt Festival. I was not surprised. When people asked (there were many at the show I knew), I'd tell them it didn't earn anything, but that I was okay with that. I said I was looking forward to the evaluations of the judges and hoped to learn from that.
All that was true. But as I drove home, I thought about my answer and realized that I had given the answer I prepared in advance. As I said, it was true but . . . It didn't go far enough. Here's what I should have said:
"I didn't earn a ribbon, and I am disappointed. It would have been wonderful to have this one recognized because I challenged myself to make a design that would require trying methods new to me," and then go on with the rest.
Hindsight is twenty-twenty.