February 21, 2008

Scouting for Adjustments

We visited a Boy Scout Troop tonight as Mr. T will be crossing over next month.

I walked in and one of the boys... has a beard.

A full beard.

And moustache.

I looked at the Mom who is a friend of mine and said, 'He... has a beard. He is part of this Troop?" (I thought it could be some man coming to assist...)

And she said, 'Oh yeah. We were so surprised when he grew it. He realized he could and the next week he had a beard!"

I replied to her, "The boys! They are so... BIG!" Of course... this is not a stretch since most boys in 7th grade have outgrown me, but there were a lot of FULL GROWN boys in there. HUGE kids. Like 5'10 and up! Much bigger than I!!!

I think beard-boy is a sophomore in high school. Obviously this kid is like my husband... part Chia Pet. They shave and *POOF* they have 5 o'clock shadow.

It's just so... different... than Cub Scouts. There are 5th graders through seniors in high school. Boys who... drive... and SHAVE!

And who don't shave. But could shave.

Holy crap. Its doing a mind warp on me... Mr. T is excited. I've liked every boy I've met so far; they seem like genuinely good kids.

I'm just... adjusting.

Posted by Boudicca at February 21, 2008 10:35 PM | TrackBack

Man...he's growin' up so fast.

But...and you know I gotta go here...

"HUGE kids. Like 5'10 and up!"

ROTFLMAO. Huge. 5'10"....I can only imagine what you think of me.....

Seriously. It cracks me up to hear that stuff from your perspective.

Posted by: Tammi at February 21, 2008 10:54 PM

Bou, the Scouts kept me stable when I was a youngster, as my step father worked in the oil exploration field. This required us to move when all the work was done in the area we lived in.

I lived in 6 different towns between the age of 12 and 16 and it was always hard making friends when you were the new kid in town.

As I said the Scouts brought stability to me and each troop I joined was like I had always been there.

I enjoyed the Jamborees and our local outings and still like to go camping.

You will see in your sons as they become young men that they show character that they acquired as Cub and Boy Scouts.

It will be worth the effort you put forth.

Posted by: jerry at February 21, 2008 11:36 PM

better than visiting the new class and finding a girl with a full beard ;)

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at February 22, 2008 11:51 AM

My husband would be so jealous. He could go for a week and not shave and you would hardly notice. I am not kidding. Last Monday he looked a little scruffy, I said "oh you haven't shaved yet" He said "Hon I have shaved all weekend"

Posted by: Lukie at February 22, 2008 02:17 PM

I pretty much felt like you almost 7 years ago. My son is now 17, a senior, an Eagle Scout for over 3 years and still extremely active in our Scout troop. When he joined at age almost 11, I was terrified of the older boys and was sure they would be mean and inflict all kinds of terror on the new scouts. But, I found none of that. I hope that your Boy Scout experience is filled with the joy mine has been. This week I am writing my last newsletter for our troop and preparing to go into scout hibernation as my son will be graduating soon and become and adult member who does not need his mom hanging around. Enjoy it all!

Posted by: Lori at February 22, 2008 10:58 PM

.... I remember catching a doubleheader during a little league match-up when I was a tyke.... one of the 13 year olds from Riceville showed up at the plate with a full mustache.... I was amazed....

.... I think I'm probably related to Lukie's husband.....

Posted by: Eric at February 23, 2008 07:52 AM

When my daughter started high school, I found that our school grouped the freshmen together in classes with other sophomores, juniors and seniors alike.

She had a lot of advanced courses and it was rather disquieting for me to find her in a class with guys who were 17 years old, 6' tall and sporting full beards, especially given that she was barely 14 years old at the time.
So I can see how you must have felt when you saw the kid with the beard!
From what you've told us about your sons, however, I'll bet they'll have a ball. :)

Posted by: Laura at February 23, 2008 10:22 PM