Which is kind of heartbreaking, really.
Matt isn't very social and my fear is that Jackson would end up the same way. Not that there is anything wrong with that. I just want Jackson to feel more confident and gain friends while learning things that could help him his whole life.
So he joined Boy Scouts.
Admittedly, he wasn't super excited about it at first. We told him he had to stick it out for a year, because we aren't quitters.
As the year has gone on, he's having a lot more fun. He's gone on some "go see its" and gotten to make a few things. We worked on some tasks at home and he's really gotten into it. This last week he had his very first Blue & Gold Banquet. The look on his face as he earned more beads and his next badge on his Tiger Scout journey was priceless.
Jackson before the festivities started, all dressed up.
Horrible picture. It's the only one I got of him going across the stage. I can't lie, I kind of teared up. I was so proud of my little boy.
The cutest Tiger Scout there ever was, holding his bag with the beads he had earned so far. He was pretty excited about it.
At the end, Matt had to go on stage with him (Matt is his Scout partner) so Jackson could have his new badge pinned to his uniform.
Afterwards, Jackson was pretty excited in the car and kept saying how he couldn't wait until he could earn more badges. He gets to participate in the pine wood derby race next, so him and Matt are going to build his car soon. I hope this is something that he continues to enjoy. Seeing his face beam on stage like that was the greatest feeling as a parent.