Monday, May 26, 2008

Happy Memorial Day





P2's Boy Scout Troop is responsible for putting flags on the graves of veterans on Memorial Day. We've kind of made this a family event, too. I think community service is very, very important. Throw out differences in faiths or beliefs - it's good to do something for others. The local paper came out to take pictures of the troop (who had to be out there at 6:00am). One of the photographers snapped this pick of our boys.


The caption, in case you can't read it, says:
"Boy Scout Jake Bedell, left, from Troop 712 and his brother Owen work together on placing flags on the veterans' gravesights at Hillcrest Park and Mortuary."

I'm so proud of P2. He's so patient with his little brother. I asked him how long it took to do a row when you let P4 stick the flags in and he said, "About three times as long as normal." Then, he said, "But, it's cool. He kept asking me if he was a "Very Useful Engine" (Thomas the Train reference) and I told him he was. So, we took our time and I let him do it."

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9 comments:

euthymic said...

What adorable boys....you have every right to be proud of them.

Amy said...

How sweet! P2 is so empathetic with kids. He would be great as a teacher or school counselor, something like that. What a gift. LOL @ P4's "very useful engine" comment :)

David said...

Don't know if you explained this in an earlier post (I'm a fairly new reader) but how did you handle the Boy Scouts' odious position on atheism? (Assuming you felt you had to *handle* it at all, of course)

eyeslikesugar said...

Wow, David! I was about to propose the same question! Yes, P-Momma. I am pretty sure that you believe that children are born without religion, and it's up to them to find out what they believe. So has P2 made a decision? And if he's chosen atheist, how does your family feel about the discrimination against atheists?

I was just talking about this with my mother today. I wish the American Boy Scouts would follow in the steps of the founding British Boy Scouts, and not discriminate. =(

Atheist in a mini van. said...

It's been address before, but I don't mind addressing it again.

As of June 1, P2 will have been in Scouts for seven years. Meaning - he joined BEFORE I came out as an atheist. His Cub Scout leaders were very nonchalant about my atheism. And, we're downright accomodating when it came to him getting his Arrow of Light Award (highest award in cubs). For that award, they were supposed to meet with a leader in their religious faith and do a bunch of hoop jumping. But, in our case, they met with us and decided Jake could do a comparitive religions study to fulfill that requirement.

Now he's in Boy Scouts...and has been for two years. It's not something I'm entirely comfortable with, to be honest. I know what the national problems are and it makes me pretty angry. I made a point of making sure his leaders knew I was an atheist and our children were being raised to be agnostic. While the leaders didn't really "get it", they respect it. P2 has never been forced to do anything that would compromise the values we are giving him. I think it helps that this troop is diverse - lots of cultures and religions in the make-up. AND, the troop is OLLLLLD. It's been functioning in some capacity since the fifties. Therefore, it retains the old, original scout feel (which was open to ALL boys). I don't go to meetings. It's something that Pdaddy and Pgrandpa do with P2. They go camping, hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, and all manner of activities. So long as it remains like this, I won't poke my nose in.

Sean the Blogonaut F.C.D. said...

Can't remember my days in boy scouts apart from it being very rough - but then it was full of country lads and I went to a private school, and the Aussie Boy Scouts are a little different

Enkidu said...

I began my cub scout career in the Far East Council . . . Japan. The pack was run by the Marines. Other pack held meetings in school classroom. We held ours on the firing range. I don't remember any prayers but I fired a lot of weapons.

SurvivorMama said...

How cool and completely adorable!

Silvia said...

I struggle with the BS issue. I'd love for my son to have the opportunity to join a group of boys doing fun stuff--they do offer great camping and other activities--but I can't get past the anti-atheist and anti-gay stance at the national level, even if the local troop leaders say they don't care. You're still supporting their agenda! It's a tough one. So far, my son hasn't expressed interest in joining, so I haven't had to make a decision.