This was a long time ago, back in the 80's when I was still in HS. BG: I was part of a competitive swim team, but on the "B" team, along with a very good friend. There was a meet, I think in CA or some other desirable location, and my friend made the team, but I did not, and was very disappointed since I had worked really, really hard And my mom knew this.
So my mom took me shopping, presumably to cheer me up. We were in a local sports store downtown, and checking out these really cool Speedo goggles, brand new, mirrored, so great for swimming outside in the sun! I thought they were cool, but also a bit pricy, so I put them back.
My mom ended up buying me a few things, and we were checking out when the owner asked about the goggles, and we politely told him we weren't getting them. He picks them up, adds them to the pile, and says, they're on me, take them, and try them out and see how you like them! Between my mom and the shopping, and that, I felt a lot better that day!