Re: Polished Shoes!
Gerald Demontgny (gdemontg@CCS.CARLETON.CA)
Fri, 14 Apr 1995 22:02:07 EDT
Patrick Lam writes:
> Hm. Shoes. I was reading a Canadian Cub book from 1960, "Tenderpad
> to Second Star." One of the requirements for the Cubs to earn their
> first star: "Clean and polish a pair of boots or shoes, fold your
> clothes neatly and satisfy Akela that you are doing your best to keep
> the Pack Den and your own room tidy & not leaving any litter about."
> Polished shoes? I can say that I've never, ever polished a pair of
> shoes so far. <G> I just find that requirement interesting.
Ouch! You were reading my Cub book. Even today as a leader I cannot
go to a meeting unless my shoes are polished. During the winter I
wear my black Eatons fake wallabies, and during the spring an summer
black leather runners. There were so many little things that I picked
up in Cubbing that I continue 30 + years later. Pride in uniform,
neatness are important, even if a Cub wears only the uniform from the
Paws and claws! I never can stand having dirty hands longer than
whatever task I am doing that dirties them, whether working on the car
or the garden.
Thank God, the awful wool jerseys are gone, and the wool socks and
pants. They really were terrible. That is one very unpleasant thing
that I remember about Cubs! So much for nostalgia.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City