Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Quite Pleased with Himself

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    2,032

    Default Quite Pleased with Himself

    SS13 attended the local Anzac march yesterday and was the only Scout from his troop who turned up. Lots of Joey's (younger kids) and a couple of Venturers (older kids) which meant that he got to march with the Scout flag behind the local Scottish Pipe band, the local bush fire brigade members and some local members of council and of course the local returned service men and women.

    He presented a wreath and of his own accord jumped forward and assisted a returned service man who was unsteady on his feet. Afterwards he sat and chatted with this man and I could see SS pointing to his medals etc, they chatted for about 1/2 hour.

    We didn't ask too many questions, but SS was elated, said that it was the best thing he's done, wants to go next year to speak more with his "new friend" and hopes he never has to go to war.

    Right now he's going thru my old family albums and looking at pictures of family in uniform, he's asked me if I have any more photo's and I've told him my mum has most of those photo's.

    I haven't asked him what exactly they spoke about yesterday, do you think I should?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    1,406

    Default

    aww good on ss13 glad to read about some good kids.

    I would ask him what he talked about, see if he wants share.. if not don't push for him too.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    2,032

    Default

    Normally he's a motor mouth and would blurt it all out. But apart from asking if I know any body that went to war, which I do, he's just looking at the album and asking who is who.

    He didn't know that women went to war and is fascinated by the photo of my great aunt in a white nurses uniform standing at the back of a truck.

    Thing is I don't know much about my families individual roles in the war, I know that my fathers side of the family was airforce and my mothers army. But since I came along quite late in my parents lives and they are the youngest of their siblings there's no one left to ask. They were not the types that talked much about the war, my father never marched, would never say why.

    He thought the ladies that marched yesterday were wives of soldiers.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Rural NSW
    Posts
    5,967

    Default

    You have raised a good one, Mousey.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    2,032

    Default

    I think I'm the only mum who loves school holidays, he's a different child in school holidays. School and SS just don't mix.

    He is a different kid, very soft, gentle, loves plants and animals.

    I think he had to meet a real ex-serviceman before the reality kicked in because last week when the show Pacific came on both he and SD walked out after about 5 mins.

  6. #6

    Default

    Wow, sounds like SS13 is quite mature for his age!
    Don't worry about asking him what he and the returned serviceman, he will tell you when he wants to, or you will find out when he asks you questions maybe!

  7. #7

    Default

    I'm glad he had such a good experience MAC. Funny that's he's quiet about his conversation, maybe it's something he is holding a little dear as his very own?

    And I sympathise with not knowing the full background of your family's role. I think alot of the time tradition dictated that details may have been told to sons more than daughters in a family - when they were told at all. My mum was a bit flabbergasted to find out big things about her dad's service that only her male cousin knew.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    2,032

    Default

    I went to my uncle's funeral a couple of years ago and found out a lot of things about his role in the army.

    I loved the closing of the funeral when his old mates stood and said "he's not gone, he's just out on point and we'll all catch up when the times right".

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Canberra
    Posts
    1,536

    Default

    That's lovely MAC, it's lovely when the past becomes 'real' for our kids. I probably wouldn't ask about what they spoke about, but that's only because I know that my kids would generally end up telling me anyway even if it took a couple of weeks. You know your SS, is he the type of kid that generally likes to be asked, or does he like to take his time with his thoughts and opinions?

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    2,032

    Default

    SS has told me he liked talking to his friend because he had answers.

    When I asked him what he meant he said that the man could say why he got the medal and what he did.

    Whereas I could only show him things and guess at who the people in the photo's were. Which is very true.

    Perhaps a visit to my mother is in order.

    SS must have definite answers, it's part of his nature. I remember when he went for tests and was asked what a bicycle was, he didn't answer the question whereas the normal answer is a thing with two wheels, handle bars and a seat that you ride. He said that was obvious, but he didn't know what a bike REALLY was. That's how his brain processes things.
    Last edited by mouseandchicken; 04-19-2010 at 11:20 AM.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •