Wow!! What a Month!
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Mon, 30 May 1994 02:00:10 EDT
Well...I promised everyone a update and an explaination, so sit back
and read for a while.
First, the great news. As I reported earlier here, Jessica Ann Ryan
got her teachin' degree from Western at the start of this month and
we've started to make preparations to move from here to wherever she
wants to go; only thing is, we are not going to leave for a while
longer. While this may sound like bad news to her and some of you
that wanted us to relocate to *your Council*, it is great news because
of the other things that are going on in our lives. On behalf of my
sleeping grocery clerk, thank you for the cards and the email notes to
Second, two weeks ago, my mother, Ann Walton, used a walker and walked
out from Wright-Patterson Medical Center to a bus; and then from the
Godman Army Airfield, walked there to my dad and brothers. She was
really happy to be back home and when Jessiann and I went to see her
last week, she had a lot to tell us about the trip, the stay and how
she just knew that there were a lot of people praying for her
recovery. Thank you again for those reminders and prayers.
Jessica got a really nice graduation present from my family and me. I
have been promising her that I would get her a better car than the one
that she allows me to drive (the one without the reverse and with the
bad drive axle). She wanted a Geo Metro five speed with a cassette
radio. What she got was my younger brother's car, a Toyota Tercel (a
*red car*!) with a sunroof and five speed...and that silly radio (in
which she's been killing my ears with the same two tapes over and over
and over and over and over....you get the idea?) everywhere we have
went in it! She loves her car and my younger brother has learned a
valuable lesson too: you cannot drink and drive in Kentucky without
paying a price. I'm grateful that he's only lost his driver's
license, some dignity and a car in all of this...it REALLY could have
been MUCH WORSE.
In the midst of all of this great news came the bad news. As some of
you remember, Jessiann's mother (also named Ann) was staying here with
us until after her daughter's graduation. Since I love her dearly and
so does our friends here, I convinced her to stay here a few more
days before she left to go home for her grand-daughter's graduation
from high school. Well....Mrs. Ryan is a very emotional woman and
cries at the drop of a hat (which her daughter aquired), so when word
came two Thursdays ago that her mother was near death and that she
would probably not last through the day, we had to get her in the car
and up to Crawfordsville, Indiana before the sun sets. We quickly
packed funeral clothes and made the five hour drive in four and a
Once there, we shuttled family members to and from the hospital,
cleaned the home, and babysat while awaiting the fateful words. The
words haven't came and all of the family got a chance to say "goodbye"
to Granny at least once during the week and a half.
At this point, let me say that I don't deal with death very well. I
guess I should be used to it, having been on several funeral details
and having been present when my father's father passed away a while
back and later during some really rough times where I've witnessed a
suicide and other things like that....even the experences during
Desert Storm didn't make me stronger in that regard. I don't like
seeing people die in hospitals, and looking at Granny Harpest laying
there, 80 pounds lighter than the last time I saw her, and not knowing
really from one momment to the next who's there, it just didn't make
me feel confortable.
Oh yeah.....those of you whom have been on this list for a while KNOW
that I carry a tent, sleeping bag and at least ONE Scout uniform with
me everywhere I go, and this was no exception. I went to three Troop
meetings while I was there, and got to meet some great local Scouters
that are trying their best to compete against spring soccer and
baseball. We also got to talk with some old guy, Nathan, that has
been in the Council since it was formed and used to run Camp Rotary
there outside of Crawfordsville. He's really into the OA there, so
I am sure that the message got back to you (and don't hit me about not
stopping by....Jessiann has an apology to make).
Well....when we finally got back, we didn't pay the phone bill so our
link to the outside was terminated from the house....so we are
commuting to the campus and doing all of our computer work from there
or from the Blackeagle Services office. So those that were trying to
call to see if our offer for housing during the National Meeting was
still on, well....all I can say is I'm sorry that we weren't at home.
Nobody stopped by, our housesitters/neighbors and friends said, so I
hope that everything there was fine as well.
So, I've been going through literally a ton of electrons in the form
of mailings and notes. I managed to send out patches to Buddy and
Pab before we left and I don't know if they got them....guys, please
let me know! Also, I have a note waiting for a guy called "Baluga"
that still owes me two CSPs from four months back! I thought that you
could TRUST Scouters!
There is one other announcement that we both have to make, and since
Jessiann went to bed early, I will have her to make it tomorrow. It's
no big deal, but we wanted to hold out until everything has been
confirmed and all, but she's like wanting to do it... (no Don, she's
NOT with child! Good guess! hehehehe)
Finally, it looks like I've got two leads on permanent jobs, one here
in the county with the school system and the other in a neighboring
county. Keep those fingers crossed, gang!
Finally, with no playing around and little funny side comments, I
wanted to again thank all of you for including our families in your
thoughts and minds over this past month. Many times, I am asked
"What's the difference between Scouts-L and" other electronic
discussion groups talking about Scouting. Every time, I answer it the
same way: family. While we talk about Girl Scouting on one week,
about issues facing families the next, and about how many knot emblems
are we allowed to wear the next, we've never lost the fact that we're
talking with other PEOPLE through these wonderful machines. People
whom need at times to know that others have went through similar
periods of hardship, of pain, of uncertaincy and are not afriad to
tell you the downsides of our topics. People whom lay it on the line
and speak their minds, yet are mindful that there's a large variety of
opinion and that "the books give the answers but how do I make the
answers work" in my situation, with my youth, in my community.
There's a great temptation to get on one of these forums, answer each
and every posting with a reference to a book or a video or a document
and let it go at that. There's also a greater temptation to disagree
with everyone's statement on here and to be really cynical...after
all, its ONLY a computer list, for crying out loud! But ask those
that have had their access to this resource restricted or even removed
because of school or work changes. Ask those that find ways to send
notes to us through "friends of friends of friends whom have email
access", just to say "Hi!"
You folks are more than just fellow Scouting friends, and your actions
over the past month confirms it for me more than it did when we moved
here from Richmond.
I encourage you to continue to tell our collective story over the
summer to your fellow Scouters...those without computers and modems as
well as those that have the latest 14.4 or 28.2 modems connected to a
Mac or Dos machine flying Windows at Pentitum speeds. I ask you to
please share our stories and our successes and failures with your
Roundtables, Huddles and Leaders's Exchanges and during your staff
meetings if your boss allows you to do so. I implore you not to keep
this a closely guarded secret but rather to share the Scouting story
and our small part in making it a reality with your fellow leaders and
your communities. We can always add more seats, more space for more
people in and out of "Scouting", for more comments and more questions
and more answers.
If you know of a youth leader that would want this type of
information, you need to let them know about our list AND the others
out there. It is only in this way, that all of us can help and
encourage and strengthen and build our youth programs and in turn,
the youth of this nation.
No matter where you are, no matter what program you belong to. We
build our strenghts, our courage; we share our dreams and talk about
our aspirations; we create new ways to handle old problems and new
problems in which old ways could be found to solve them. We do this
all with all of you and the resources you have....
It's *great* to be back. Goodnight Scouters!
Mike L. Walton
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