Tuesday 13 April 2010

Parking Cub Scouts

This evening, instead of the regular Cub Scout meeting, they decided to go for a walk in the park. Fortunately it turned out to be the park next to our neighborhood, so Charles, Alice, and I could walk over (Mom was off to a meeting of her Lutherist Inner Circle Church Ladies). Apparently Mom had done this last year (and everyone said she did a wonderful job) so I was tagged with it this year, primarily because I knew where the beaver dam was.

We set off in a great surge of boyish energy, which unfortunately meant that we missed the first turn off for the dam as by the time I got there, half the boys had already gone on out of sight. I decided then to make them walk the longest way around in a (later seen to be completely futile) attempt to work off some of that energy. I tried pointing out other features of the park as we walked along but mainly ended up talking to parent and older siblings who already knew it. We saw a lot of squirrels, and some deer, but no rabbits. Perhaps it’s not quite the season for the last yet.

After a goodly amount of tramping around and bit of searching we found the dam and the kids actually seemed to think it was cool. Then they discovered that the receding water line from the big drain pipe in the dam had left all sorts of nice mud around the edges. Amazingly, only shoes got muddy and no one fell in the water or the mud. Alice naturally listened attentively as I told her to stay back and then immediately walked out in the the mud.

I must be living right because just as I was wondering how to fill up some more time, I checked my timepiece and discovered we had only 6 minutes to get back to the parking lot. I sent the rest of them on their way via a shortcut and the three of us headed back to the house.

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