This Spirit Moves Me

By
Home Stager with Transition Stage LLC

This Spirit Moves Me

Yesterday, I stopped to have my car washed by a local boy scout troop. The boys ranged in age from some pretty small guys - maybe 7 or 8 years old, to young teenagers. One very small boy was entrusted with the water hose to wet down the car and rinse off the soap.

He had such an impish grin and was thoroughly enjoying his job, occasionally letting a little spray wander where it "accidentally" sent a few drops onto the older boys who were washing the car. Then, all business, he directed me, via hand signals, to pull up my car to the next "station" to have the final rinse and dry.

 

Boy Scout Emblem

 

This group was made up of slightly older boys, along with a man who was clearly a troop leader. They worked so easily together, with a sense of getting the work done thoroughly, but clearly with an air of fun and easy enjoyment in each other's company. They were all very conscientious with a happy air about doing this task well.

And as I sat there and observed them working together, I was overcome with emotion. There was just something about all of them that made me feel happy that there is such good in the world. The men, who I imagine are all probably the troop leaders, were joking and chaffing the boys in such a great way - and the older boys gave as good as they got.

It was a few encapsulated moments that left me feeling happy and somehow moved by the trust, the sense of being happy to work for the money for their troop, at the comaraderie they shared. It was delightful and I went on my way with a smile.

I think I was so moved because I thought, "This is what my America is at its best."  This spirit, this intent, this ability to nurture good values and a work ethic that not only gets the job done, but builds from an inner sense of satisfaction in a job well done - this is our America at its best, at its core.

 

Navy SEAL Insignia

 

And I imagine a team of Navy Seals, each individual growing up with this solid sense of America, of getting a job done, and done right. Growing up with a sense that what America stands for is something worth staking their lives on.

And I give thanks for this spirit, for these people who risk all for me.  I give thanks.



This Spirit Moves Me

Comments (14)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Judy,

Isn't it wonderful when we see a group clealy having fun while fulfilling a purpose! Nice post Judy!

May 08, 2011 12:57 AM
Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC
Realtor, www.LivingFayetteville.com

Judy~ Great blog I could see the boys in my mind you expressed it so well! The news only wants to tell us about all the bad in the world I would like to see more stories like this...there is still lots of good in the world!

May 08, 2011 12:59 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Very well said! The spirit of America is alive and well these days...only overshadowed most of the time by the bad!

May 08, 2011 12:59 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Dorie - Exactly! It really is a wonderful thing. Thanks!

May 08, 2011 01:11 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Melissa - Thanks! I agree with you - more posts like this would be very welcome to me, too.

May 08, 2011 01:13 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi gary - Thank you! I think that's so true. Sometimes I feel that we've gotten a bit beaten down, with the economy and all the bad things in the news. We need to re-embrace the spirit that founded this great country, and remember how blesse we are to be Americans.

May 08, 2011 01:14 AM
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Judy ~ I know what you mean.  Sometimes it only takes a simple, yet innocent thing to feel that spirit.  But when you feel it, it sure makes you smile inside and out.

May 08, 2011 01:21 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Dawn - It really does, doesn't it? Just thinking of that troop now makes me smile all over again.

May 08, 2011 01:30 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Valerie - Thanks so much!

May 08, 2011 02:12 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Judy--great post and tribute to our youth and groups like the Boy Scouts.  Just this morning I heard a military mother asked why she is commited to military service even though it takes her away from her family.  Her answer:  I love my country and I want to show my kids what freedom means.

May 08, 2011 03:06 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Mary - Thanks very much! That is an amazing quote - thanks for sharing it with me.

May 08, 2011 04:29 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

We are living in very emotional times and it doesn't take much for me to tear up.  An experience like this would have touched my heart too!

May 08, 2011 01:19 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Sharon - I know what you mean!

May 08, 2011 04:13 PM

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