On Saturday after many hours, days, weeks and months of planning and work, our Big C. completed his Eagle Scout Project.
If you are a mom of boys in Scouting, you know exactly what I mean.
Check that box and don’t look back.
For his project, Big C. organized and ran an Emergency Preparedness fair for our neighborhood of 400 homes. The past few years here in Virginia we have had some truly wacky weather – from earthquakes and three foot snow storms to off the charts temperatures and hurricane force storms leaving people without power for weeks. His project was timely and practical.
He did everything from speaking before our Homeowner’s Association Board to get permission for the fair and to procure the pool house parking lot as a location, to arranging for presenters at each booth and researching what they should present, to soliciting local businesses for free copies and support, to arranging all the Scout volunteers and setting up the actual fair..
It was a lot of work. A. LOT.
And I was the whip cracker. Every day during the month of August I made a list for him of to do’s because it was almost too much for any one teenager to wrap their brain around. Then I was his chauffeur and cheerleader. Our dining room became command central. I couldn’t see the table for an entire month.
And now it is over. Except for the paperwork. And the carrot dangling at the end of the paperwork is a cell phone. I think he’ll get it done pretty quickly.
I am proud of him. He showed a maturity and leadership that I don’t think is typical of a 14 year old boy. He worked hard. And he helped people.
It was an exciting day. Even if my back was killing me and the stress and work of it all would prove to be my undoing.
More on that tomorrow…