Friday, May 17, 2013
Please allow me to be a proud Mom and say that my son was awarded Boy Scout's highest rank this week. He is now and forever an Eagle scout.
I have learned many lessons on the way to this rank. There are so many lessons the scouts learn and many lessons to be learned by the parents too.
I learned about failure before I saw the success. He took on a large project in a time that people are feeling financial stress instead of feeling giving. He put 8 benches and a 10 x 20 ft. cement slab in a park near the pool. The benches can be used with the pool or for a performance on the cement.
He asked for money and got told no. Companies are good at giving the runaround to young boys. It took several years. (I think he could have gotten it by 14 but earned it at 18) He finally learned to succeed and that failure does not have to be forever. I know that this award will mean so much to him. We have had long talks and he was glad in his words "I let him sit in his failure." He really feels like he learned so much on that last bit of the journey.
Since this is Spark People and we are on our own journey to lose weight I realize that even if to this point it does not look like I am making progress I have made progress. I am learning I see from my son's example that I can hit brick walls and move on to the progress that I need to make. I will get to my goal I will pass this brick walls and the rain of my journey and I will triumph over my own adversity using his actions to help me continue. Thanks kid. You are awesome.