I have three sons. And so scouting is a big part of our lives. Jake is an Eagle Scout. Our oldest is a Life Scout. He should be earning his Eagle this summer. Josh is a Webelos in Cub Scouts and will be in Boy Scouts shortly. And Sam just joined Cub Scouts when he turned eight. He recently earned his Bobcat. Which a really big deal when you you are eight years old. He learned the Cub Scout Law, Promise, Sign, Handshake, Salute… the whole deal. We’re so proud of him.
The other day he was looking through old posts I had written on our family blog. He stumbled upon this one (click here if you are interested) where I took a picture of Josh in his Cub Scout uniform shortly after he turned eight (almost 3 years ago!). And then he asked me why I hadn’t taken a picture of him in his uniform.
I knew right then that I wanted to get some special pictures of my Sam-a-lam in his uniform. He’s so proud to wear it. It’s not fancy. It’s a hand-me down that has seen a lot of wear in six years. Both his older brothers wore it and it’s beginning to look a bit threadbare. But Sam has looked forward to wearing it for years.
I also wanted to use the family flag for the pictures. It’s a flag that I coordinated with Senator Ted Steven’s office to have flown over the U.S. Capital Building on the day Jake graduated from pilot training 11+ years ago. Jake has kept it with him on every flight he’s flown. It’s been all over the world with him. It’s flown with him in combat in Afghanistan. And in rescue missions on the C-130.
Being the youngest son is difficult sometimes. It’s not often you get to be the first one to do something special. Someone has always done it before you. And often you get the hand-me downs rather than brand new. Perhaps that’s why these images mean so much to me. Sam is growing up quicker than I like, but I like who he’s growing into. I’m glad I was able to capture these images for him. His own special treasure. (And way cooler than Josh’s snapshot! ;))