Our blood has thinned. The heat does that to you. Yesterday it was only in the 40's...you would have thought a blizzard was imminent with how my children pulled out the gloves and hats. Last night Fritz had Scouts and he wanted to know where his winter coat was. Alright, it was in the 30's by evening, but the meeting was indoors. I'm doing fine with layers.
The boys have a camping trip this weekend. The Webelos are hanging out with the Boy Scouts in preparation for their crossing over in March. Billy gets to sleep in a tent with Fritz and do stuff with his patrol. It's a good thing, too, because Bill and I have an event Saturday night, and it would be difficult for us to camp with Billy (Cub Scouts typically need a parent or other guardian with them on campouts).
Neither Bill nor I were particularly eager to camp out either. Bill did it last month with Billy, and the morning temps were close to freezing. It makes the event somewhat less enjoyable. Especially when you have to work hard to get that hot cup of coffee.
But it seems that God is smiling on the Scouts this weekend. The daytime temps are expected to be in the mid to upper 60's. Saturday morning might be uncomfortable for Fritz with temps in the upper 30's, but Sunday morning temps should be 10 degrees higher. The camp is local, so Bill will be able to get up, enjoy freshly brewed hot coffee with ease, and head over to retrieve them in time for Mass and not expect to find two Popsicle Scouts. Maybe he'll even bring some hot chocolate.
It's hard to believe that Billy will be a Boy Scout soon. It amazes me to see how mature Fritz is getting, not that Scouts is completely responsible. But I do think it helps.
Of course, as I write this, staring up at me from my desk is a blue card that would show he had completed his Environmental Science Merit badge - a tough one and a requirement for Eagle. It would show he completed it...expect that he left it in his pants pocket and put it in the laundry. Now it doesn't say much of anything.
So, he is maturing. But he's still very much just twelve.