They told him he could wear his uniform or, if his shirt no longer fit him, a white shirt and tie. He opted for the latter. His uniform probably doesn't fit him. He hasn't worn it for years and I think the numbers for Troop 55 are still on it, which was two scout troops ago.
In other words, his mom is behind the times on the sewing.
Adam and I were supposed to go too. We were going to be able to introduce him before the board. Braeden's young men's president said it was a great thing to do as a parent.
So we went. There was another boy there to do his board of review too. He was dressed in khaki from his head to his toes and was highly decorated. His parents were there...his dad in a suit, his mom in a dress and heels.
I was wearing jeans and a t-shirt. My mom always taught me that it's better to be overdressed than under dressed, but I failed.
We all sat in a room full of men in uniform. One conducted and talked about the process for the evening. The two boys were assigned to two different rooms and two different boards. Their leaders and parents were to introduce them, then be excused for the review. After, assuming they passed, he explained the next steps in obtaining the award.
He kept using the word appropriate. As in, afterward we could celebrate appropriately. Also, there was a flag set up so we could take an appropriate picture after the proceedings of our scout by the flag.
I was supposed to bring a camera? I had my phone. Good enough.
Five minutes into the meeting, my phone which was thankfully on silent, vibrated. It was Emma. She was at the driving range for driver's ed and was done early. Could I come and pick her up? It was dark and she was in a school parking lot waiting. I slipped away from the meeting.
Dear Driver's Ed instructor:
Don't leave my teenage daughter alone in a dark parking lot if her class ends early.
So I wasn't there for the introduction. First they had Braeden introduce Adam. Then the other way around. They both cried. And I missed it!
I got back a few minutes before it was all over and they emerged from the room all smiles. We didn't really do anything appropriate (or inappropriate) to celebrate but Braeden did take a selfie by the flag.
It seemed appropriate.