James D Wellborn 325 795 2010 (WELLBOJ@MAIL.FIRN.EDU)
Wed, 30 Jul 1997 16:30:28 -0500
A few months ago our district had it's Cub family camping week-end at the
facilities of Sand Hill Reservation in central west coast Florida.
(A pause here to remember the beauty of the days and dawns...)
During the main Olympic events there was a low current hub bub about some
of the parents (and grandparents?) smoking. Now this was a huge, mostly
open field with several hundred busy, active people and kids (not that kids
aren't people...some of the kids so intensely into their race that they
finished at a different relay race finish line than the one they started,
and enjoyed it just as much!). Anyway...
I believe that some were more atune to the smoking because of comments
toward the end of the Pinewood Derby event. A bullhorned voice called a
halt to all events 15 minutes into the Olympics to announce and reitterate
the no smoking policy. From what I recall seeing, that was the end of the
visable smoking and I don't recall my nose snorting either, at least not
due to smoke. I never heard any grumbling from anyone about not being
"able" to smoke.
My father smoked from the time he was 12-13 because he was doing his
father's work when his fater became ill and later died. He continued to
smoke 45 more years through WW2 as a frontline European infentryman and a
career officer and university professor. In the early 80"s, he'd had
enough and went through the quitting process...dead stop, chew that gum.
After 15 years of NOT he still slapped his shirt pocket after a resturant
meal, shrug his eyebrows, grin, mummble and jump back into the
To all of you who want to stop, ask for God's grace to help and then dig
in and hold with true grit. I know it's not easy. No addiction is.
Remember, the tobacco companies want your money while you're alive. If
you drop dead, they'll look for someone else or move their efforts to
"third world". Would you let me near your child if I told you that I was
going to engage in something that would slowly kill your child?
I hope not.
Will smoking at events stop? Maybe not, but if we are in a world that is
operating at a 2 or 3 (on a 1-10 scale) and we set our sights on a 9-10 (I
slipped in the 9 for some leeway) hitting a 6-7 is pretty good. Then
re-load for the next push.
If we don't accept responsibility and make a stand, who will?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City