Jack Weinmann (aa855@CLEVELAND.FREENET.EDU)
Mon, 21 Nov 1994 21:17:29 -0500
Here's a poem that can be read BEFORE you ask for parnts to volunteer for
positions in your pack. It should be read by someone who can put true
feeling into the lines without becoming too emotional him/herself.
I personally cannot get through it without my voice cracking badly and it
brings a tear to my eyes whenever I even type it out, but here goes:
A BOY"S EYES
"I'd like to be a Cub Scvout -----"
(His eyes were deepest blue)
"I'd like to learn, and play, and build
Like Jim and Freddy do."
"I know how to use a hammer;
I can drive a nail if I try.
I'm eight years old, I'm big and strong
And hardly ever cry."
I gave him th application
And parent participation sheet.
(His eyes were filled with sunshine
As he left on dancing feet.)
Next day, my friend was back again,
A dejected little lad.
"I guess I'll skip the Cub Scouts."
(His eyes were dark and sad.)
"My Mom is awful busy,
She has lots of friends, you see.
She'd never have time for a den;
She hardly has, for me."
"And Dad is always working ----
He's hardly ever there.
To give them any more to do
Just wouldn't be quite fair."
He handed back the papers
With the dignity of eight years,
And, smiling bravely, left me
(His eyes were filled with tears.)
Do you see your own boy's eyes
As other people may?
How he looks when you're "too busy"
Or "just haven't time" today?
A boy is such a special gift ----
Why don't you realize,
It only takes a little time
To put sunshine in his eyes.
(Credit given to Pat Beardslec, Den Mother, Hawthorne, California)
If anyone out there knows Pat - PLEASE thank her for me. This has been
with me for the last 10 years that I have been in Scouting and has never
failed to emotionally move me.
I HAVE seen parents NOT offer their help after this was read, but if this
doesn't get them ---- unfortunately ---- probably nothing will!
Hope this helps,
Jack W. Weinmann
Winding Rivers District Committee
Greater Cleveland Council #440
- Council Cub Scout Wood Badge Coordinator
- Council Cub Scout Advancement Chairman
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