Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Eight Little Indians

Three Years As A Cub Scout Den Mother
There were three years in a row during which I did not leave the house at 3:00PM on Wed-
nesdays without a gallon thermos of Koolaid and 2 dozen cookies. The cookies were as varied
as the ''little Indians" they ranged in age from 8 to 10.
They were proud members of the oldest Cub Scout pack in Ohio. We played games,read
stories, Made the usual tacky crafts...uh...handmade gifts for parents each holiday. We had fun.
The only time I got into trouble was because of a trip to the Air Force Museum 100 or so
miles away. I arranged for the use of a Custom Coach (big luxury RV thingie) owned by a local
auto dealer. The day prior it had been used for football tailgaiting.
Seems cold beer was left on board... I got a call a few days later from HEADQUARTERS which leftt me in fear that Lord Baden Powell himself was coming to rip off my epaulets,
as several of the men on this Father-Son outing had imbibed.
Two of the boys used to follow me home. Now 38 some years later I sadly report what
became of my eight little Indians. One was a suicide at age 30...another shot in a drug deal at
age 19...one took a curve too fast at 16 within days of getting his license. Four of them I lost
track of.
As for the two who followed me home,one was my son...an industrial designer with his own
business ...the other a partner in a law firm is now my stepson. Yes I married his dad a few
years later.
We have been married for 30 years in February. He still has not told me if he had a cold
beer on that long ago Father-Son trip.

43 comments:

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  2. I am so sorry.
    I taught elementary school for thirteen years. One of my students died from cancer three years ago, another in a car accident six months later.
    It's odd. I still picture the first in her First Communion dress, even though she died at age 21, and the second in her alter server alb. I remember Elizabeth, years before her death (still a healthy eight year old), crying because she was afraid Heaven would be boring. She did not want to learn to play the harp, LOL.
    I hope I gave them as many good memories as they have given me.
    I am sure you gave them good memories, too. Unless they blacked out from all that beer...

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  3. Congrats on your first post! Look forward to more. Sad about the way some of your little indians ended up, though.

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  4. Brought tears to my eyes. That seems easy to do these days. I have an 8 year old girl.

    So sorry for the losses. Sounds like the Lord has also blessed you with a pretty good gain.

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  5. Okay, now you've got me worrying about my little Brownie Girl Scouts...

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  6. This is wonderful and touching! You have a great voice and style. Glad to see it come uncorked!

    Indent is uncommon anymore, that was typewriter days, now just hit return twice after a paragraph to start a new one. If you really want to indent, which is cool and old skool, Just hit tab once or twice before starting to type. Also, use a space after commas and periods.

    love,
    One of the little indians who came home.

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