I have repeated this refrain many times to myself over the years. Learned during my days as a Brownie, or possibly even a Daisy, the scout song goes on to say, “one is silver, the other gold”. At various points in my life, like going to Middle School, starting college, or beginning a new job, this little song has come to mind.
Most recently, I began singing the verse to myself last week. My son started Kindergarten, a surreal experience for many reasons, including the fact that the children he is meeting might be his friends for life or at least for the next 13 years. And, as I began introducing myself to the parents of these children, I realized that I too may be making new friends. And there was that song again…
I’ve never researched the origins of the scout song, but it brings me a sense of calm and serves as a reminder to be open, to new people and new experiences. Friendships come in all shapes and sizes, for all different reasons and purposes, some silver and some gold, and that’s ok. Friendship isn’t always easy. It can be hard to open yourself up and as life gets busier, it can seem easier to just get through the schedule and prepare for the following day. But that’s when that old refrain creeps back in, “make new friends…”.
In preparing today’s post, I googled the scout song and read a verse I either never learned of just didn’t remember, “You help me, and I’ll help you and together we will see it through.” As our family embarks on this new and exciting part of the journey-elementary school, and I encourage my son to “make new friends”, I encourage each of us to do the same.