So Cole, my 6 year old that turns 7 on Valentines Day has joined Cub Scouts. Wait, let me rephrase that. WE have joined Cub Scouts! I remember a few years of Cub Scouts as a kid but do not remember the involvment of my parents like this. Sure, they gave advice and brought me to my meetings etc… But I have spent the better part of thepast 3 weeks learning the scout pledge, the motto, the sign, the handshake, the Law of the Pack, and Einstein’s theory of relativity. Whew! Not to mention WE have built a plane from wood, learned to make a compass from a cup, a needle, and a leaf…MacGyver has nothing on these Wake Forest scouts!
Have to admit though…all of this has been a piece of cake compared to the daunting task ahead…The Pinewood Derby! This sounded like so much fun at one point. You get a block of wood and some tires and told to widdle it down and paint it. So I googled pinewood derby….Whoa….Fact is I am quickly learning this may not be for the kids. There are full blown out websites on this that are so detailed that I need to go back to school for my Engineering degree to decipher them. The designs that are created are something else…many remain cars but there are Stanley Cup trophies, Wii remotes, surf boards, people, Presidents etc. Must be some incredibly talented 7 year olds! Not to mention the wood shops these 7 year olds must have. We have sandpaper and a knife…Lol.
Cole asked me if I’d help him a little. Made me feel great. So I asked Cole, “what kind of car are WE going to make?” In his most excited 6 year old voice he said, “Dad, let’s make a Super Bowl trophy”. Followed by, “You can build anything, you are awesome at building stuff!”. Mind you, I cannot build a a house of cards! So, as any responsible father wanting to teach his boy a lesson about honesty would do…I said, YES I CAN!
The derby is one week from today. I have no tools. A wood block. And an excited 6 year old that will be telling all of his friends tonite that WE are building a Super Bowl trophy for the derby.