I have finally caught up and things have slowed down a little too. Over the weekend I rediscovered the joy of youth. You see over the weekend I had the pleasure of running my local Boy Scout Council's Pinewood Derby for 92 Cub Scouts. For those of you who don't know about the Pinewood Derby, it is an event where Cub Scouts take a simple block of wood, cut, sand and paint them to create something only a young imagination could. They take four plastic wheels and nail them to their creation and send them down a forty foot track. They can reach speeds up to 200 mph (scaled of course) and the race promotes a healthy competition. It's a project where parents and boys can work together and build a stronger bond.
I had 92 Cub Scouts racing on Saturday and it was awesome to see. We had Scouts from 6 to 10 years old and each of their cars were fantastic! The youthful imagination that was shown Saturday brought a new sense of happiness and faith in humanity.
When I work with the Cub Scouts it washes away anything that has dragged me down during the day and gives me hope that the future will be bright. They are unbroken, eager and not assholes. Nothing beats the innocence they show, they don't know about a lot of the bad in the world all they know is what you are teaching them. I have the chance to help the youth of America and I am grateful for that.
It may not be the Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts but if you are presented a chance to work with youth, I urge you to take it. Make a difference.