So, I know this kid...no boy... no man!!! He's smart, he's kind-hearted, he's bright, and he is seriously one of the funniest guys I know. His name is Brigham, and I am his proud big sister.
Cue the drum roll, folks... because Brigham is officially an Eagle Scout! I think five billion astronauts earned their Eagle Scout award, so Brigham... perhaps you are destined to explore space.
Here's the thing about Brigham -- he is diligent. He fulfilled his Boy Scout duties, he went camping all the time, he schooled all of his buddies in a mock-game of poker, he biked 50 miles, and he got to wear a fancy-shmancy sash with badges all over it. About 18 months ago, Brigham finished his Eagle Scout project, the mother-of-all projects, if I might say so. He built a bridge -- as in a structure that provides passage over a river, a chasm, a road, or in this case... a dried-up creek. Hunsberger Woods is a place in Collegeville, PA where people go walking or hiking. There was a bridge that was decaying, rotting, and if you were stupid enough to walk across it, it's likely that you would, you know, break a body part.
Brigham and some members of the amazing Valley Forge First Ward cleared the rotting bridge away, cleaned the debris in the surrounding area, and built a brand-spanking new bridge. It's awesome, it's new, and it even has railings for those poor souls who are incapable of walking in a straight line... (yeah, there's a reason why I consistently won "Most Likely to Fall Down" in school). He was a great leader, and he definitely rendered a service to the community.
Perhaps I do not say this enough, but I am so proud of Brigham! He is resilient, he is confident, he does not care about what people think of him, and he is a great example to me. People always say that he has a big name to live up to...big shoes to fill, I guess. But he has no need to worry about that. Earning his Eagle Scout is no small feat. I am in awe of everything that he does, and I know that he will build his own great legacy. He is destined for great things, and I am so excited to stand as a witness of those things.
Bud -- I love you, and I cannot wait to see you in a few days. And when I get home... we'll just see who reigns champion in Super Smash Bros. I suspect that the title still belongs to Bekki Hood.