Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger Stir Up Childhood Trophy Conversation

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by Nouman Rasool
Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger Stir Up Childhood Trophy Conversation
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Chris Pratt, renowned actor from "Guardians of the Galaxy," and his wife Katherine Schwarzenegger, daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, recently ignited an engaging and friendly online discourse regarding the significance and sentimental value of preserving childhood trophies.

In a heartfelt Instagram post shared on Tuesday, Pratt shed light on Schwarzenegger’s cherished memorabilia, which included accolades such as "Fourth Grade Problem Solving Superstar," among others, meticulously saved over the years by her parents.

“Maria has diligently kept Katherine’s childhood treasures, showcasing a remarkable level of thoughtfulness,” Pratt, 44, remarked in the caption, accompanying photos of a radiant Schwarzenegger as she unearthed these memories.

“Witnessing my beloved wife's joy as she sifts through these well-organized keepsakes, rekindling the warmth of her youth, fills me with gratitude for her parents' foresight in preserving these moments”.

The post also humorously highlighted a "most improved two-year-old" swimming class trophy, to which Pratt added, “My apologies to the other two-year-olds.

What’s that? She was the sole two-year-old in the class? Proud all the same”. Schwarzenegger, 33, playfully responded in the comments, “Seems like someone might be just a tad jealous of my inherent athleticism and problem-solving prowess from the get-go”.

Pratt Ponders Trophy Parenthood

This nostalgic journey prompted Pratt to reflect on his own parenting and the future of his children's trophies. “Let’s have an honest conversation... Once the kids have gone through these items, is it acceptable to let them go? Do we really need every 'participation' trophy? Is there a possibility to donate or repurpose them? How many are we obliged to hold onto?” he queried.

“Is there a hierarchy? Did you win? Were you the best? Is there a profound emotional connection? I'm in need of some guidance here”. Pratt and Schwarzenegger are proud parents to two young daughters, Lyla Maria, 3, and Eloise Christina, 1.

Pratt also co-parents his 11-year-old son, Jack, with his former spouse, Anna Faris. The Instagram post quickly became a hub for users sharing their insights and experiences, creating a sense of community and support as they navigated this universal parenting dilemma.

One user highlighted a practical solution, “I’ve donated all my old trophies to an organization that refurbishes them for new achievements. My local YoungLife chapter benefitted from it”. Another shared a relatable story, “Maria is probably doing the whole ‘you’re a grown-up with your own home now, here’s your childhood stuff’ thing.

My mom just did the same... Unsure what to do with it, but glad to have it!” A third user lightened the mood, suggesting, “Hand them out as awards during game nights with friends!”