LINDA K CLOSSEN (ZXRA59A@PRODIGY.COM)
Wed, 26 Feb 1997 12:32:18 -0500
I have not had the extreme privilege of being honored with the Silver
Several years ago, I was honored with the District Award of Merit.
It too, is kept secret in our District.
Over a period of a month, the committee kept trying to get
information about me from my husband and to set up getting me to the
dinner without me knowing. My husband is not a Scouter and had no
idea what they we talking about or how important this would have been
to me. So, he did not tip me off as to what was going on. I just
kept noticing that he was on the phone whispering allot and that he
would immediately hang up when I came into the room. I figured he
was planning some big hunting trip so I just ignored him. He did not
realize the importance of the award and just wrote it off.
I was not planning on going to the dinner because, frankly I had been
Scouting every night for a week.
Well, the dinner was at 7:00 on a Friday night. By 5:00 I was
already in my P.J.'s ready for a relaxing evening with the kiddies
and hubby. He kept asking me, don't you have something to do tonight?
Didn't you have some Boy Scout thing to go to? Just being a real
nag. I found this strange, because he usually was not that excited
for me to go Scouting on the weekends.
He disappeared for a while and then I got this call at 6:00 informing
me that I had been selected for the award.
Yes, I was surprised and thrilled. Yes I was more than a little
ticked. There was not time for me to plan. I had not done laundry
and you know where my uniform was.....I had to slap together a quick
outfit. I would have loved to have my son there to see his mom get a
Scout award, but he had left for a weekend trip. My husband, bless
his heart had his suit all ready to go and he was going to follow me
in his car and surprise me when I got there. Wouldn't that have been
a surprise if no one told me and I didn't go?
I cherish my District Award of Merit.
Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster, Linda K. Clossen
Gerald R. Ford Council
Grand Rapids, Michigan
...I used to be sane...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City