Tyler, TX graduation and Eagle Scout

Today is still July 4th , 2012 – and I’m learning that writing the blog is not only time consuming it’s a lot more work than I imagined.  Like I said; FOOLISHLY I volunteered to help so here goes.

After three days of recuperating from our Colorado trip, on May 31st we picked up the 5th wheel, hauled it home and loaded it for a trip to Tyler, TX, home town of two grandsons and their parents. Grandson Matthew matriculated at 8:00 PM June 2nd from Robert E Lee High School.  To assure everyone had sleeping space, we parked our rig in their driveway allowing the paternal grandparents use of the spare bedroom.  The electrical connection was only 20 amperes, consequently no air conditioning.  Fortunately it remained cool and comfortable at night.  LUCKY!  Since we could not dump our holding tanks we minimized our waste water by bathing in the house.  I’ve wondered what the neighbors thought as we went back and forth for showers and potty privilege. Graduation was outdoors and it was warm, crowded and loud.  Kudos to Richard and Kelly for organizing our schedule, meals, transportation and driving.  They did a great job of transporting four elders in their 70’s & 80’s to and from the graduation ceremony.  On top of everything else “Daughter” pulled an “All Nighter” chaperoning a gala Vegas Style affair where the kids had an opportunity to use their winnings to purchase needed items to begin college life.  Sunday morning we attended church with our “Tyler Kids”, then a quick lunch at Bodacious Barbecue.

At 3 PM Sunday we attended Matthew’s “Court of Honor” where he was recognized as an Eagle Scout.  The Eagle Scout Court of Honor is a solemn event following specific guidelines and administered by select participants as set forth by scouting.  Eagle Scout Status must be achieved prior to age 18.  Each candidate must complete 12 specific steps to achieve scouting’s highest rank; the Order of the Arrow or Eagle Scout Status. Eagle Scouts earn the privilege and responsibility of being an Eagle for life. http://www.meritbadge.com/info/policy4.htm

At Matthew’s Court of Honor he became a member of a very elite group of men who have achieved Eagle Scout Status.   Eagle Scouts include two of our son-in-laws, two of my grandsons, some astronauts and a few presidents of the USA.  As proud parents and grandparents I cannot help but wonder how many grandparents have two grandsons who are Eagles.  I can tell you it was a very special moment when I watched a grandson decorate his younger brother with his Eagle Scout Medal

Fact; – Just over 2 million boys have reached Eagle in 100 years (15,000 a year, roughly). Currently, around 4 of every 100 boys that joins Scouts make Eagle–that’s less than 1% of the male population. Reference http://usscouts.org/eagle/bsfamous.asp

Yes, 2012 has been a very good year as the Traveling Basenji’s watched two more grandchildren move in positive directions for a full and rewarding life.

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