Sunday, September 19, 2010
The Eagle Soars
Bill's oldest grandchild, seventeen year old Kyle, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout today. He is a hard worker, has accomplished a lot in his life. He really enjoys physical work, building, constructing and tearing down, which is a carry over from when he was a little boy. He would duct tape things together: his tractor would be taped to his chair which was taped to another toy or table. He was always a busy builder who swore one day he would drive a long-long-long-long truck. He now drives an extended cab pick up truck and works construction when he's not coaching girl's volley ball or attending high school.
The presentation had some funny moments. Mr. Madden told about the evening Kyle was on his very first campout. When he went to the outhouse he accidentally dropped his flashlight down in the hole. The adults saw him running back down the road with his flash light flickering; they assumed he had fallen. He was covered in mud, or so they thought, until he got closer and they could smell him. He wanted to be RESPONSIBLE, so he climbed down the hole and retrieved the flashlight which belonged to one of the dads. Yes, everyone had a good laugh.
For the most part, though, it was a solemn ceremony, with manly handshakes and congratulations from officials, family and friends. It is customary for the Eagle Scout to present his parents with a Mom/Dad pin. Kyle's mom, Robin is the scout master for his troop and works very hard. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Kyle presented his parents and step parents with their pins. Then, quite unexpectedly Mr. Madden looked around the room and surprised everyone when he announced, "And at Kyle's request, he would like to present one more 'Dad' pin to a man who has been most influential in his life, his grandpa." Bill cried, walked up front and hugged that big 6 foot tall kid, his oldest grandchild, his first grandbaby, his little boy. There wasn't a dry eye. It was a Kodak moment, a memory maker, a thrill beyond compare for Bill. Congratulations to our little builder who has achieved a great honor today and made one grandpa happier than ever.