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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Scouting is hard work. No, really, I'm not kidding.

Our boy is a champ.

Last week he went to scout camp. I don’t know how much you know about the boy scouts but they are a very serious bunch. When a challenge is issued they put all of their energy into winning. All that crap about being prepared and loyal and courteous. Sure, prepared to win, loyal to their teammates and courteous to their mothers.

Here’s what happened- A contest was conceived. It was to be a weeding out of the weak. A sending home of the mama’s boys. A “Dirty Contest”. Yep. Imagine it, five boys, between the ages of 12 and 14, all making a pact not to shower for five days, battling to be the dirtiest, smelliest kid in the camp. No easy task, you know if you’ve ever smelled a car load of boys returning from camp. To be The Dirtiest would take some work.

Can you even fathom the sacrifice? Adolescent boys, wearing the same underwear for five days.

I am here today to tell you of our pride and our joy, yes, that’s right, our son was the winner. And I have the socks (the one pair he wore for FIVE days) to prove it.

I can hear you over there saying “Big deal, that’s not a competition, any kid could do that.” I know what you are trying to say, you are trying to say “Wow! What a big deal, that is impressive!” Thanks. We’re proud. The only downside is that there is not a reverse hygiene merit badge, because that truly would have been the icing on the cake or the slime on the pond or something like that.

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