M is now on the high school math team, which goes to occasional local meets on Thursdays after school. M also has Scouts on Thursday nights. Last week was the first time these two activities overlapped, and it got a little hectic.
Based on his initial phone call home, it looked as though he’d get back to the high school about half an hour before Scouts would start. That wouldn’t give us time to head home in between, but would be enough time for us to swing by the library and let him finish writing an essay for English. So I scurried around loading up the car with everything we’d need for the evening: 3 5-gallon buckets, 3 scrub brushes, and a camp stove, troop gear from last weekend’s campout; M’s Scout shirt and current merit badge work; a bag of supplies for the merit badge I’m teaching; library books to be returned; a laptop; M’s essay on a thumb drive; and some reheated leftovers for M’s dinner.
I got to the sprawling high school, couldn’t find him in the near-dark, and also wasn’t sure if he was even back yet. So I very slowly pecked out a text message to him, because I am a Luddite who doesn’t really text. Just as I went to send the message, I realized that:
a) I hadn’t memorized the number of his recently-acquired cell phone.
b) I didn’t have his number stored in my cell phone.
c) I didn’t have his number written down on the scrap of paper I keep in my wallet for important numbers. (See “Luddite” above.)
Fortunately, just about then M called to say they were running late. Unfortunately, this meant he got back so late we had to go directly from school to Scouts. Do not pass go, do not collect $200, do not return the library books, do not work on the English essay, do not wipe your food-covered hands on the inside of my car as you snarf down dinner in the front seat.
Despite his already-tiring day, M cheerfully taught the younger Scouts in his patrol how to clean and fold tents, and he powered through his homework when he finally got home. It’s really impressive to see how much he’s stepping up as patrol leader, and very reassuring to see how well he’s juggling the various demands of high school life.