Thursday, January 26, 2012
Last night my husband and I were invited to a Blue and Gold Banquet. For those of you who were never Boy Scouts, let me explain. Every year the local troops have a birthday party for the Boy Scouts, the Blue and Gold Banquet. They get together and have the presentment of the flag and some type of program. Normally food is involved - yea! Last night it was spaghetti, salad and garlic bread, made by proud and loving mothers of scouts. And, of course, cake. Cakes galore. All the boys are responsible for bringing a cake representing the Boy Scouts. A lot of the boys help their mothers design and make the cakes themselves. And some of them are pretty awesome! It was a fun night, full of frequent distractions from younger siblings and their antics as they played on the other side of the gym. Put 50 children together and you're bound to get some craziness!
It's been a while since we've attended the Blue and Gold with our own Boy Scouts, and being there last night brought back some fun memories. I know that for some the Boy Scouts may not bring warm and fuzzy thoughts. It may even bring some negative thoughts. But the Boy Scouts taught my boys some really great lessons and life skills. They had a terrific amount of fun. The Scouts helped them learn how to be boys/men of integrity and character and honor. And how to follow through. And the leaders were great men showing great examples. And I am proud to say that I am the mother of two Eagle Scouts.
Being there last night, however, also made me think back to my own Brownie days. I never made it past the Brownies. You see, I used to be afraid of dogs (still am, depending on the dog). The house where we Brownies had our meetings was the home to a dog . . . I'm sure it must have been a gigantic, snarly, growling, teeth-baring, drooling, Brownie-eating dog. I lasted two meetings. Which is a shame, cuz the uniform was really cute.