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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Open Doors

Slice 1 of 31
#sol15
(writing & posting your slice) every day for the month of March
Thanks to Stacey, Tara, Anna, Beth, Betsy and Dana
for hosting!

Today begins the March, Slice of Life Story Challenge.  For the next 31 days, I will be writing and posting a daily slice and sharing it with the writing community at Two Writing Teachers.  I hope to learn and grow as a writer during these days!  I hope you enjoy reading the Slice of Life Stories...

"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying Goodbye so hard."
-Winnie the Pooh

Goodbyes are hard, prompting reflection on the past and all the fun things, happy times, and special friendships that were kindled.  I can't stop thinking about saying goodbye since Kam decided not to cross over to Boy Scouts.  We're saying goodbye to the pack.  I feel sad that this is the end of the journey. We're saying goodbye to friends, routines and leaders that have been a part of Kam's life since he was a li'l tiger cub.




Over the past 5 years, Kameron has learned and grown so much as a result of participating in scouts.  He's become our Boy Scout at his final scout "Blue and Gold" Ceremony.  He received his arrow of light award completing the 17 required activity pins to reach this goal.  He's had a great leader who we sincerely appreciate.  Mr. G mentioned to Kam on the way out of the ceremony, "You're still welcome to come join us!  If you change your mind, I'll be waiting for you!" followed by a hug and a handshake.



An open door, leaving the door open...

How have you opened doors for others in life?

38 comments:

  1. You're here! Fun to hear about your son, and I imagine it is hard to say goodbye to the group. My son is a CEO of the Boy Scouts, Amy, and would love to hear that your son has continued on. It gave him much pleasure all his growing up years. Will look for you in the slicing!

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    1. Thanks Linda-neat to learn your son is CEO of Boyscouts!

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  2. Loved all those photographs, Amy - Scouting has been fun for Kam, you can tell. It will always be a part of his life - and there if he changes his mind!

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    1. Thanks Tara! Yes, the door is still open...

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  3. It surprised me to see that your first post is about "good-bye." Lovely personal story leaves me thinking about making decisions and leaving doors open.

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    1. Hi Terje,
      I know starting off with goodbye seemed a bit odd to me...I hesitated to start off with this slice...but the timing felt right...

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  4. This brings back memories from when I was a cub scout. I didn't move on either, but still can look back at those meetings fondly. One closed door is an opportunity waiting--so often we think of that because other people close doors on us. But how about the fact that this was a choice! I find that to be exciting as much as I sense the bittersweet. I wonder what he will try next???

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    1. Yes, having the choice is great...he's become more of a sports guy lately-basketball and baseball...

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  5. How lucky I am to have something that makes saying Goodbye so hard."

    -Winnie the Pooh

    I just stumbled upon this quote this week, and here it is again.
    Goodbyes are so challenging, even once we've gotten older and "know the drill." They still can get us.

    Yet, saying goodbye also indicates that the journey continues and that's the part I like.

    What we'll find around the corner.

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    1. Right, anticipating the excitement of what's around the next corner...

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  6. I remember saying goodbye to my Pack, too, at about the same age. I had enjoyed our activities but remember thinking (but not able to articulate to adults), this is no longer my thing. Something new will emerge down the road ...
    Kevin

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    1. Good point Kevin...the new could emerge down the road! My husband also quit when he was a little younger than Kam...

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  7. Saying goodbye can be so tough...but new adventures await!! So happy to be slicing with you again! :)

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    1. Thanks Michelle! Glad you are slicing this year as well!

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  8. I love that your first post is about a good-bye, but it seems to be a bit of a reminder that good-byes also launch us into new things, new experiences. I suspect he has something planned for that "free time" you might find!

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    1. Yes, Anita, I like that you mention goodbyes launching us into new things! That is what usually happens...

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  9. Ahh.... I love this quote! I'm thinking about goodbyes recently, too. My younger son will have his Blue & Gold ceremony in a week. He is crossing over into the same troop his brother is currently in.... but it's still hard to say goodbye to the little boy he has been.

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    1. Maria,
      I never thought of it that way...saying goodbye to the little boy...that is true too. It makes me feel sad sometimes.

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  10. I need to show this quote to my daughter. She ended her first student teaching assignment Friday and it was so hard on her...actually it is my slice for tomorrow. Scouting adds so much to children's lives. He may not go on, but I am sure he will with him so many lessons learned. Do you mind if I add this quote to my slice tomorrow? It is perfect!

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    1. Leigh Anne,
      I'm glad we connected on goodbyes! You are free to use the quote...it's not mine-it's poohbear's!

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  11. Amy, I also feel like this is a year. My oldest is a senior in high school. The year is full of hope and remembering. It's bittersweet.

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    1. Yes, Sarah, it is sometimes bittersweet...sad and happy and sad again realizing that this journey has ended

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  12. Amy,
    I love the quote that you used for this post. Reflection is so important. It helps make the letting go, so much easier. Congrats to you son (what a cutie), I can't wait to read about his new adventures.

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    1. Thanks Val! I'm sure we will have plenty o slices coming from him in the future!

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  13. I love the open door ending of this good bye, Amy. Good bye can be so hard. Happy Slice of Life! Nice to "see" you!

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    1. Lee Ann,
      Nice to see you as well! Thanks for stopping by to read my slice! Looking forward to slicing with you again!

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  14. Amy, I enjoyed how you shared these precious moments in your SOL post. I love this quote that you used and really enjoyed how you shared this story. I think we all have times like this in our lives.

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    1. Thank you Amy! I appreciate your kind words!

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  15. I loved the Winnie the Pooh quote. It's hard to say goodbye to important phases and people in our lives, but you've shown how to do it right!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Holly! So great to see you joining in hue slicing again!

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  16. Nice post. Nice glimpse into your life.

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    1. Thank you Carrie! For your kind words!

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  17. What a cutie!
    What a wonderful experience!

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    1. Thanks Loralee! It has been a great experience. I'm sad that he decided not to move on but if your heart's really not in it, then I guess moving on is the right thing to do.

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  18. Kam was so lucky to have scouts and still so lucky that his leader is leaving the door open for him to come back. Saying good-bye is hard, but you've done a wonderful job of leaving the decision up to him.

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    1. Thanks, Julie! It was hard to let him decide...but in the end it felt right.

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  19. Amy,
    Thank you for your story today. It's good to think about doors opening & closing...doors left open & doors we push open. It is always bittersweet.
    Happy writing,
    Ruth

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    1. Thanks Ruth, I appreciate your kind words. You are my Writing Super Hero!

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