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Not so Wordless Wednesday (a rite of passage post).

Last week my small boy made his promise at Joey Scouts.



It was a very proud moment for his father, who was a Cub Scout

and for his mother, who was a Brownie Guide way back when brownies actually wore brown

and seeing as we both met at a ┬áRover Scout meeting when we were teenagers, Dave and I thought it all very appropriate and circle – of – life like.


It was a lovely rite of passage for our youngest boy,

who is not really sporty and has no interest in dancing or art.

It seems to be a perfect fit for him.

He took the ceremony very seriously

and was very proud of himself when it was all over.

That three fingered salute was very hard for him to do but he was determined.

which is what I really love about him.

Our little Joey.

He always tries to do his best – which is all the scouting movement ever asks of anyone.



Were you in the Girl Guides or the Scouts?

I’m joining in with Trish’s Aussie Wordless Wednesday


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19 Responses to “Not so Wordless Wednesday (a rite of passage post).”

  • Cathy (14 comments.):

    Congratulations! That last photo is super cute!!

  • Rhianna (20 comments.):

    I just love his salute. So very precious and how romantic for you and your husband to first meet there. Sounds like a love story.

  • Dianne:

    I hope Joey Scouts continues to be a perfect fit for Noah’s interests. It is great when your children find something that suits them and they can be passionate about it. He looks so super excited in that last photo, I love it.

  • Lyndal (4 comments.):

    oh tiff, these are just beautiful! he is so cute!

  • Ames (5 comments.):

    What a special time and he does look so proud!
    I remember my initiation into Brownies, it’s such a positive rite of passage :)

  • Me N my Monkeys (4 comments.):

    You must be so proud, he certainly looks very proud of himself. :)

  • Nicole (SportyMummy) (7 comments.):

    Fantastic! I love how serious and determined he looks in the first photo…I can see that it means a lot to him! I was a Brownie too (and I wore brown!!). I wonder if it’s changed much since then?

  • jen (63 comments.):

    I wasn’t in either, but my son’s in cubs, about to go up to scouts. He loves it. It’s the one thing he does that he’s still enthusiastic about after two years.

  • Kate:

    I still have my brownie guide certificate from 1976 (gulp!!!). My eldest boy has been through cubs, scouts and now venturers – has been absolutely wonderful for him (although my other boys tried it but didn’t stick with it).

  • Mum:

    He looks so serious during the promise ceremony but happy and proud in tne end, just as you all did taking your promises way back when.

    I always wanted to be a Girl Guide but only ever made it to Girls’ Brigade, which was almost the same, so made the decision to give my kids the opportunity to join Brownies & Guides, Cubs & Scouts.

    I did make it myself eventually as an assistant Brown Owl and assistant Guide leader, which I loved & found very rewarding.

    I also loved being involved as a leader and parent assisting with costumes, catering & make-up behind the scenes for Gang Show, which involved the exposure and showcase of hidden singing, dancing & acting talents by Scouts, Guides, Venturers, Rovers & leaders and was a very different aspect of the usual scouting & guiding activities.

    I think Noah will certainly enjoy Joeys and it will suit him to a “T”. xoxo

  • Skyelee (4 comments.):

    I was never a girl guide/brownie, but I love the ethos of the guides/scouts – try your best, treat others with respect etc. He looks so great, congratulations to your grown up boy on his special day!

  • Tamara (5 comments.):

    Lovely photos of a fabulous moment. I love the salute photo. Determination was so evident in the photo

  • How wonderful. Love his excited little face!

  • awwww gorgeous xxx

  • Priscilla:

    As you know I was a venturer and a rover (since that’s how we met). I also dabbled in being a joey leader for a while. Now both my kids are scouts, J is now a very grown up PL and H is just beginning her journey. I actually get a little teary thinking about the whole “circle” thing. I have such fond memories from my times in the scouting movement and I still have many friends to this day that I met during those years.
    Bring on AJ2013!!!!

  • This is such a wonderful moment. Yep, I was a brownie too. And really, they don’t wear brown any more??!

  • river (194 comments.):

    Noah looks cute and proud all at once!

    I was never a Brownie or Girl Guide, my oldest daughter was very briefly a Brownie, she lasted two weeks and said it was way too boring.

  • Malady:

    I was a girl guide, and a leader for 12 years. Great fun, and an excellent organisation to be part of.

    So glad Noah has found a place where he can be himself :)

  • Julia:

    Dear Tiffany,

    I write to you, because of your post regarding the immunologist. I write my comment here because the comments to this post are closed (and I can understand why you did so).

    But I think it is important to tell you (and maybe your husband and the f- ing immunologist that I think you are right. Right in the way you are dealing with Ivys disease and right in your anger and upset towards the doctor.

    Why do I think I am entiteld to do so? Well I am not a mother myself, but I am a long time surviver of a congenital heart disease. I am 38 this year and at the time I was born no one really new about my heart defect and they (doctors/cardiologists) only gave me a chance to survive for my first two years and in addition told my parents that I would always remain little and with very little cognitive abilitys.

    My parents acted like you. They searched for a way to help me. They could not stand to se me suffering and wrestling with every breath I had to take and getting infections and having lung- and nosebleeds. I live in Germany and not only did my parents do everything to keep my as healthy as possible. They researched and researched (remember this was the time before internet) the went into librarys and wrote to clinics in the whole world.

    I underwent open heart surgery in the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. Since than I had three more open heart surgerys. I have a lot of difficulties and have to take 17 pills daily. I had my tonsils removed, my gall bladder too, I still sometimes have lung bleedings, had nose surgery, had Stents put into my heart and coils in my bleeding lungs.

    But I too have finished highschool and studied. I have a drivers licence. I am working five hours a day and earn my own money. I live in my own flat.

    First my parents had to fight to get me the right treatment. Lately I had to fight for my health by myself. The first time own of my artificial arteries closed nobody believed me. I hurt for more then 3/4 of a year before they did stent it.
    Nobody thought about me keeping water in my system and I gained a lot of weight in a short time and nobody new how to help me. Until I treated myself with more of my waterpills.

    Today I have a very well trained doctor who listens to me, believes me and tries to help me. When I call my cardiology clinic they always new, that the situation is urgent. I am always right if I feel that something is wrong in my body. And now I will always get immediate help and everyone believes me.

    I feel safe now and can lead a relative relaxed and painless life in between my ill times.

    It was a long and hurtfull journey to achive this.

    But one day it worked out. (Now the only thing that has still to be cared for is my hurt soul – therefore I am in therapy).

    I encourage you to go on fighting for Ivy! Please show this comment to your husband and the doctor.

    Doctors are not always right. I am the living proof.

    Best wishes for Ivy

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