September 4th, 2016

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Two more Eagles fledged

I gave the invocation and benediction at a rare double Eagle Court of Honor. With my usually inappropriate mindset, I hand to restrain myself from coming up to the pulpit and saying,
Dearly beloved, we are gathered together today in the sight of God and the presence of these witnesses to award to Tyler and Patrick the rank of Eagle Scout: which is an honorable estate, instituted by the Boy Scouts of America and signifying unto us the acquisition of many skills and the accumulation of many Merit Badges. Unto this exalted status these two come to be inaugurated.
And so on.

Anyway, it was a nice ceremony, and congratulations to Tyler and Patrick, best buds who finished the trail together. They are both going to do their first adult leader training by attending the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills course I'm leading next weekend.

After the ceremony, we had pulled pork (which must be why Jesus declared all foods to be clean). And I got to sit and have a nice long talk with high school seniors Harry, Zach, and Anthony. We talked about literature and history, mostly, which they are studying these days. Lots of stuff about fairy tales and the modern criticism thereof. I got to open their eyes to a whole bunch of other voices (including Tolkien and Shippey) who are more off the beaten track. Anyway, we ranged from Fairy Tales to Dante to Chaucer to Gilgamesh to Ehud the Left-Handed Judge (Kara's contribution, via last week's sermon) to WW I, WW II, Beowulf, etc. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Such smart young men! And they don't miss a trick. I am proud to have had a part in their growing up.

This year, Troop 119 will have something like 7+ Eagles, the most for a single year in its half century of operations. Wow.