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.
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.
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