May 25, 2013

Screaming Eagle

So my eldest made Eagle Scout last Sunday. Actually, it was the award ceremony. Nearly 70 people were in attendance as there was another boy that had his then as well.

It was fabulous. It really really was.

But my son did two things that impressed me... most.

He had a speech to give and I had no idea he could speak in public the way he does. Every time I queried about his speech he'd say, "I got it Ma".

And then it came time and he told the story of his trail to Eagle, which was very twisty, turny and bizarre. So that impressed me... that he was actually a good speaker.

Even though he threw me under the bus at the end, which made everyone laugh.

He ended his speech by thanking the five adults who helped him attain it, from Scout to Eagle. And then he said something like, "and I'd like to thank my Mom, whose saying had become, "I'm tired of being the bitch".


Everyone laughed, but I was horrified and his friend next to me said, "Wow. He threw you under the bus..."

I then had three women come up to me and say, "I so get it!" and a real quiet Mom came up and said, "I never knew the right phrase... but yes, I'm so tired of being the bitch."

'Tis the role of moms of teenagers.

But what he did that impressed me most was... he had a mentor to choose. He just had to tell the Troop in advance if he was choosing more than one since they needed to have the Mentor pins on hand.

And so he stood up and chose his mentors and he chose his Scout Master... but he also chose our Scout Master's wife, who runs the Troop behind the scenes. She tracks the boys' progress, tells them what they need, helps them get with the right adults, sets up the court of honors so that everyone has their badges... and it is an ENORMOUS amount of work.

Her tracking and cajoling gets these boys to Eagle.

And it was the FIRST time anyone had publicly recognized her. It was the first time anyone ever said she was a big part of why they made Eagle.

I was so proud of him. She was so surprised. We could tell it touched her.

And I'd never insinuated or said a word. He did it on his own. That was my big proud moment.

Here are some pictures.

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His speech really was good. He was very relaxed. Both his father and I do a lot of public speaking. Evidently we aren't afraid of crowds.

Not a stressed bone in his body...

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And getting his certificate:

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surprise certificate without name.jpg

One down... one to go.

Posted by Boudicca at May 25, 2013 09:50 PM

Congratulations to him!!!! What an awesome achievement. And being a Mom means being a bitch sometimes. And when you're tired of it, it means it's time for them to move out. So you can hopefully have a few years to rest, relax, and get ready to be a Grandmommie.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at May 25, 2013 10:10 PM

That's wonderful; both his achievement and recognition of the troop leader's hard working wife!

Congratulations! :D

Posted by: pam at May 26, 2013 08:02 AM

He was awesome. Funny, honest, and a great speaker.

Posted by: vwbug at May 26, 2013 09:34 AM

Congrats to the both of you. Eagle is not an easy accomplishment, the growth,development and skill sets he learned getting eagle will serve him well.

Posted by: Web at May 26, 2013 01:58 PM

Congratulate him, it is a unique achievement, the one thing you can do as a child that has real meaning as an adult. It is great that he recognized her, a testament to who he is as a person. That treatment of people will take him far throughout his life.

Finally, as parents we aren't there to be their friends. They have friends aplenty, but only two parents (if they're lucky nowadays). If we are parents to them when they are children, they will be friends to us for the rest of their lives. Good for you and for him for doing the hard thing.

Posted by: marcus erroneous at May 26, 2013 11:25 PM

Congrats, that is a great accomplishment... And I agree completely with what Marcus said, job well done..!

Posted by: P'cola Titan at May 28, 2013 10:18 AM


Just know that the time is coming very soon where you will be able to relax and enjoy hanging out with your boys without the other baggage of getting them to adulthood in one piece and prepared to take on the world... and that is a wonderful thing. :)

Posted by: Teresa at May 28, 2013 02:08 PM

you've done such a great job with your boys. Kudos to you.

Posted by: writersblock at May 29, 2013 09:23 AM

Are those really the Boys of the House of Boudicca? 'Cause I remember them a little differently...

Posted by: Elisson at May 30, 2013 08:22 AM