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Lessons learned on the way to my son's Eagle Rank

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.
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  • NANCY-
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    Scouting teaches us many lessons, even as the "moms" The experiences instilled in the "boys" do last a lifetime. It has been 10 years since my son made Eagle and still has impact in his life. Even though it was his achievement, a mother's pride cannot be contained.
    What a wonderful analogy in comparing your journey to his... yes there are challenges. however persevering does have rewards.
    You go GF!!!
    1856 days ago
    emoticon Congratulations on his hard earned success.

    I was talking to a friend yesterday about different measures of progress. Weight loss is a slow process. The pounds and inches don't change fast. But where I've seen quick results is strength training...especially at the beginning. Being stronger helps with everyday activities: lifting groceries, carrying children, walking a big dog, and moving furniture.

    I forget, are you doing strength training?
    1856 days ago
    Congratulations to your son and to his special mom----who was there to support and encourage him every step of the way to his Eagle Scout award!
    1857 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    We all are on a journey, weather losing weight,
    or taking on a project like your son did.

    you are right, we will ALL be WINNERS!

    Congratulations to your son!

    1857 days ago
    1857 days ago
    What a great achievement and what a great realization to appreciate failure. Go Mom!
    1857 days ago
    Congrats to you who has raised such a child. Congrats to such a son who is so focused in this time of media, electronics etc.

    I have felt so good about reading it. You have written realities of life in such a nice and concise way.

    Thank you for enlightenment.

    Both of you are true heroes.
    1857 days ago
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