It’s been some time since I’ve lasted posted, I’d like to say it was planned and that I had been off enjoying life but alas that is not the case on many fronts.
I titled this post, Death, Irene and Scouts because I wanted to touch on those events that occurred in the last month that are still impacting myself and many of those close to me.
Less than a month ago I lost my mentor and friend. I’m sure many of you have someone who fills one or both of those roles in your life for me that person was my father who passed away August 24th. I had thought to write a post about that when it occurred but as arrangements were made and family demands began to rise the blog, like most other things, took a back seat. His passing is still a sore spot for me, I’m still expecting my iPhone to ring with another “challenge” he needed help on or just to talk and catch up with want had been going on with the family, especially the kids.
I could go on and on about who he was, what he meant to all the volunteer groups he supported with this time, how proud he was to support this country even after retiring from the military, but words along can’t express it and there is no way I could sum up his life in something as short as a blog post.
I will pass along to all what he told me a week before he passed, “Love those kids Scot, you just don’t know how much time you have.”
The day after my dad’s services, Irene hit the Northeast.
The clean up is done and for most the storm is just another memory but for my family, it will live on for a long time. It was the first time we lost power in our current home for any length of time. The challenge wasn’t the loss of power, it was the loss of water as we are on a well and no power means no water. At first we managed to cope but as we passed into our second day and with the outlook grim we opted to give in and get a hotel room for the night. The biggest reason for the hotel room wasn’t to make our lives easier it was because the school was due to start and let’s face it, you don’t want to send kids to school when they haven’t had a chance to clean up or get a good night’s sleep.
So, after a swim in the pool, take-out food, and a shower the kids were off to bed. The following morning we continued the tradition of a ‘first day of school photo,’ this time in our hotel room instead of in our driveway – the stories my kids are going to be able to tell in the future.
I wanted to end this post on a more positive note. Shortly after school started the Scout year began and I have to say see my kids involved in Scouting not only makes me happy, I’m also sure that my father looking down would be proud as he was a Scout and a Leader during his life. The values that Scouting passes along to those that participate can’t be measure but they are visible in how they act and carry themselves.
The only issue with Scouting is that like everything else the cost keeps going up. Every year I know we struggle with what we will and won’t do, not from a schedule or desire stand point but from a financial one. I know of families that don’t participate at all because they can’t afford the dues, let alone the uniforms and activities.
So I’m going to ask for some help. Every year my boys participate in the annual popcorn sale fun raiser. A portion of the money goes to support their scouting activities but more importantly a portion also goes to fund scholarships for those that are not as fortunate. It makes it possible for those kids to experience the spirit of scouting and maybe get a taste of the outdoors (yes, we actually leave the electronics at home).
So here’s where you can help, below are two links, one for Alex and one for Chris. Both boys are looking forward to continuing past Cub Scouts and into Boy Scouts, in Alex’s case he’s already looking to earn his Eagle Badge – I ask you to click on one of the links and support them and all the kids in our area by either purchasing something or by making a Military Donation.
Thanks for listening to me and all my doom and gloom, I appreciate it, and for those that do click below and support the Scouts, my sons thank you as well.
To support Alex: http://www.trails-end.com/estore/scouts/email_referral.jsp?id=8311662
To support Chris: http://www.trails-end.com/estore/scouts/email_referral.jsp?id=8311748