01 August 2008


Hi there. Sorry about the loss of the daily updates for the last few days. Smittyworld has been undergoing a lot of deep thought and potential changes and things like that, and I don't always feel comfortable talking about financial and employment issues here, at least not right now. It's more a thing Smittywife and I talk about. And I don't have any other deep thoughts right now; the sort of life changes we're pondering have a way of pushing most other issues to the side. I'd get back on the daily celebrations, I really would, but I'm going to be heading to South Carolina next week and probably won't be posting every day anyway. I have a great one for the 14th of August, so I should write a few more. And if anything really exciting happens I promise I'll post about that.
Of course, the whole point of the daily celebrations, really, was to give me something to post while my emotional status was otherwise too occupied to warrant meaningful posts of any other sort. So I should really get back to them for the time being.
So... August 1st. Let's see. Well, this is the 8th month of the year. Halloween is starting to mingle with back-to-school in the stores, and the craft store we favor (Jo-Ann etc) is already chock-a-block with Christmas. I don't want to celebrate the too-early celebration of holidays, though.

But how about this. Today marks the anniversary of the opening of the very first Scout Camp, held the week of August 1, 1907, on Brownsea Island in England by Sir Robert Baden-Powell. Baden-Powell was a military scout for much of his career, and published some of the first books on Scouting as a profession, as well as Scouting for Boys, the book that started the youth Scouting movement. The camp that opened on August 1st is now recognized by all worldwide Scouting organizations (including the Boy Scouts of America, the organization that granted Smitty the rank of Eagle Scout) as the true beginning of the youth Scouting movement. That's worth celebrating; Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are great organizations, and both Smittys were a part of their respective Scouting group. We hope to have our kids involved in Scouting some day, too. When there are kids. Which won't be for a while.

Today is also the birthday of the Jeep; the first one rolled off production lines on August 1st, 1941. I think the best drink to celebrate the Jeep would be a Mudslide.


Rambling Speech said...

I've loved the daily updates. Perhaps you can take a break from them and next year pick a different month. Over the next 12 years you could have a nice collection of daily updates for each month?

Ayzair said...

Had I mentioned that I am about to become a Scout leader? Egad. Well, assistant leader, but then the woman who was going to be the full leader has decided to pull out due to illness. I'm not sure where that leaves me or the little Daisies. I shall be finding out Monday.

I'm just glad I won't have to wear a uniform. A little pin? I can handle that. Polyester in unattractive colors? I'll leave that for the bright green sash in my keepsake box. You Boy Scouts had it better with the uniforms. No beanie, no orange tassels for your socks, no obnoxious green. But you did have the neckerchief. All's fair, I guess.

The Former Lepidopterist said...

Yaaay Scout Leaders!!!!!
I was a scout. It was fun!!!!
Can we go camping?