Sunday, May 16, 2010
Ellie and Dad had the opportunity to go to a soccer game for our home team, and past MLS Champions, Real Salt Lake. We made it a date and had a hamburger before heading to the game. The one thing that Elie said she wanted at the game was a foam finger (?). I don't know how she knew about foam fingers, but she described it to me in detail before we even got there. Wouldn't you know it, the first booth we approached outside the stadium was giving away red foam fingers! The game was a lot of fun with a decisive 3:1 win over Houston Dynamo. Best of all was to be with Ellie, give her a ride on my shoulders back to the car after the game, and enjoy her fun personality.
The Order of the Arrow is the national honor society of scouting. Last Friday night, Steve and two of his good friends took part in an initiation ceremony centered around the attributes of self discipline, hard work, and service. They spent a night under the stars and then worked the following day, full day, with little to eat and without being able to speak to one another. The day was hard, but this experience proves that Steve can do hard things, indeed that is the purpose of scouting, to help young men see that they have the capacity to lead out and act different than the norm. Steve passed the test and is now an official member of the Order of the Arrow.