This week M presented his Eagle Scout project proposal to the troop committee; he’s planning to build benches for a local conservation area. The adults asked him a number of questions about his plans, mostly to help him understand the level of detail he’ll need for the written project plan. One of the men looked at the map M had shown, of where the benches would go, and noticed that they’re quite far from the parking areas, though not far from the dirt roads for which rangers control access. The man asked M, “How do you plan to get the benches to the sites? Can you drive them there?”
M answered him very seriously, “Well, I can’t drive.”
Clearly he’s got the classic mindset of a 15-year-old who sees his older friends starting to get learner’s permits and driver’s licenses, and is hyper-aware that he’s not quite old enough yet!