Following last week's exciting moment where Sam became a real Beaver Scout after his investiture, which involved receiving his woggle, badges and learning to shake hands as a lefty, he proudly came home from school earlier in the week with a notification from that as it was World Thinking Day on the 22nd, he was allowed to wear his Beaver uniform to school.
He has waited with excited anticipation for me to sew the badges onto his sweater for a few days now, but last night because I was only halfway through putting them on when it became bedtime, I had to promise him I would absolutely,without fail, ensure they were sewn on ready for the morning. His excitement and reliance on me to carry out my promise struck me. He's just a little dude, no real worries and no concerns about life, according to me, an adult. Important things to him are being allowed to play on the monkey bars at school, being allowed to watch a DVD in Mum and Dad's bed before bedtime and making sure badges are sewn on a jumper in time to display them at school. The funny thing is, none of them are achievement badges or skills badges, just the Scout logo, and the district, county and colony badge - but they were still important to him and my promise was clung to.
It's easy to get carried away with the seemingly major important things in life and to forget the little things that really matter. To Sam it REALLY mattered that these badges were on in time, so last night, after finishing the last badge I went quietly into his room to see if he was awake and he was - just about. Holding the jumper up to his weary eyes I whispered to him that they were all done and ready for him to wear the next day. A huge smile appeared, the eyes opened widely and I received the most enormous hug and kiss.
It was a special moment. There's plenty of time left yet for him to worry about the things I consider big.