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When your kids surprise you...
« on: November 03, 2020, 10:04:31 am »
My oldest is a funny thing. Almost 18, he's more social than I am but he's not a talkative type. He doesn't share much about his feelings though he lets his irratation towards his siblings show. He's kind of type that I feel I can trust him to do things, but he doesn't give away much to know for sure.

Well, anyway, I know he's planning to go on a mission, as an "of course" but he doesn't talk about it really. He isn't one to always invite friends to activities etc (probably mainly because he hasn't felt the quality is such that it would interest his friends) and I don't have any idea how much he ever talks about religion with his friends. I do know he talks some with some friends.

In Finland boys have mandatory military service. Depending on what you choose, 6, 9 or 12 months. When you start, depends on many things but basically, each area is given a date for drafting, then the boys are put in alphabetical order. You can express a wish, and it may be granted or not. They graduate in end of May/early June depending on the year and can start army in July or January. Usually everyone wants to start in July. Our city as being the second largest is the second last in drafting and with our last name we're at the end of it. There are two places to go nearby and usually most people want to go to these two places.

When he came home from drafting and told he'll start in July in one of these places I just thought oh, cool he had good luck. Then he told about a friend who had his drafting before our son, that he starts in the summer year from my son. Because he wanted to go to one of those two places and there were no vacancies left. I also heard about another boy, who is A in the alphabet, living in this same city, going to the same place and starting in January because there were no places left in July.

So I asked my son how come you got in there and get to start in July.

He replied "I told I'm leaving for a  two year mission for (name of the church) and starting studies only after that so I need to get in as soon as possible".  End of discussion  :D

The kids just sometimes surprise you...

Though I admit, I am perhaps even more surprised that the officials gave him what he wanted for that reason. Perhaps nowadays they fear charges of discrimination if they don't allow everything for religious reasons...
« Last Edit: November 04, 2020, 12:33:10 am by cook »
 
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Re: When your kids surprise you...
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2020, 01:46:57 pm »
That's a great story, Cook. thank you for sharing it. And, yes, kids can surprise you. My 17-year-old son shaved his legs yesterday for a competition which requires him to put band-aids all over his legs. He only shaved the bottom part, so he looks really weird, He's got these hairy knees and smooth lower legs.
All grown-ups were once children...but only few of them remember it. ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "The Little Prince."
 

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Re: When your kids surprise you...
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2020, 03:31:24 pm »
That is indeed a great story, Cook, inspiring to see how he used his own agency & initiative. We'll look forward to news about his mission.  :)

... a competition which requires him to put band-aids all over his legs.

 Is it a mummification contest? 😝

 

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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2020, 03:47:01 pm »
Every year, his high school has their "Mister Payson" contest. He's a contestant, so he has to make a poster, bake a cake, perform a talent, and participate in the "best legs" contest. He shaved his legs so he can cover them with brightly colored band-aids. I told him that he should leave the hair on, still use the band-aids, then let the judges rip them off. He'd win for sure!
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Re: When your kids surprise you...
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2020, 02:46:22 pm »
Roper, that sounds fun.

My 12-year-old has been the one informing us of the percentages of votes in certain States. That's been a surprise as well. I prefer to look at the count of two numbers, the blue-red line. But he's lived his life with soccer statistics, so maybe it's his thing  :D
 
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