Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Instilling
Mon, 23 Aug 1999 15:08:37 -0600
Yesterday, I had the good fortune of being interviewed by my bishop (LDS,
for those of you not on Scouts-LDS). One of the topics that came up seemed
pertinent to things mentioned on these two lists, so I share it with you.
In the course of our discussion, we got on the topic of raising kids. He
told me of a neighbor of his (not in our Ward) who shared a recent
experience with him.
The neighbor's daughter, ~15yo, called him from her friend's house, which
was about two miles distant. She told him she was ready to come home, and
asked if he could come pick her up. He readily agreed.
About 45 minutes later, the father was ringing the doorbell at the
daughter's friend's home. The daughter came out, looked up and down the
street, then asked where the car was. He responded, "I thought we'd walk."
The point the two of us were discussing is two fold. At times, we, parents,
train our children to be to dependent upon us. At other times, we get to
proudly stand back and observe as they demonstrate that they are far more
capable than we give them credit for.
In Scouting, we, on this list, and other Scouters who haven't discovered
this Virtual Roundtable, we so often get to observe. I find it so humbling
to watch and learn from the Scouts and Arrowmen I have the privilege of
serving with. They constantly open my eyes to the world.
I have no doubt that these young people are our best hope for the future.
And I'm very glad to, once in a while, associate with people like you on
these two lists. You are the people molding the people who will mold the
Kip Keil, Sr. Programmer, V i s i o n N e t
http://www.vsnet.com | http://kip.vsnet.com
MC, Ad Hoc P-3055; MC, Advancement T-1022; MC, Ad Hoc T-175
AA, Ceremonies Tsah Dibe Chapter, El-Ku-Ta 520,
Great Salt Lake Council, BSA . . . . . "I used to be a bear . . . "
--We all learn from history . . .
...either by study, or by repetition.
-- Kip Keil, 1998