“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Maya Angelou
One of my sons with GSD wanted to earn the rank of Eagle in scouting. At the age of ten he started earning merit badges, going on camp outs and taking hikes. There was never a question about if it was possible.
Recently I spoke with one of their scout masters and learned about the one hundred and fifty yard swim that is part of the Swimming Merit Badge required for Eagle. While practicing at scout camp, the scout master related to me that he trailed my son in a boat and periodically checked in to see how he was feeling. The “Village” often stepped in to keep my sons safe when it would have diminished the experience had I been there.
One of the badge’s requirements even today, is to jump into the water fully dressed, remove your pants, and inflate them so that they can be used as a life preserver. My son’s own pant legs were too short to tie around his neck after they were inflated, so he borrowed a pair of jeans from a friend with longer legs. I have seen my son accomplish so many things with creativity and a little help from others.
In sixth grade, one Sunday he was the youth speaker in church. He said,
“All of us have trials in our lives. Some are permanent and some are temporary. We can learn from our trials if we have a positive attitude. My disease is a permanent trial. I am learning to practice self-control because when kids make fun of me, I want to pound their faces in. The kids in my class used to call me names because I am short for my age and my belly sticks out. I had to learn to ignore their comments because they did not understand. Now that I am in sixth grade, the kids who know me don’t make fun of me anymore. Being a child of God helps me understand the things that happen in my life.”
Lesson Learned: “Where there is a will there is a way.” English Proverb
Parts of the preceding blog appeared in an International Children’s magazine, The Friend, in 1990 http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?hideNav=1&locale=0&sourceId=95fe86881daab010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&vgnextoid=21bc9fbee98db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD