Day 670 – Thankful for the Life Lessons Learned from Shooting a Rocket

At one point last night Dominic made the comment “Rockets hate me.” He’s tried several times to launch a model rocket but for one reason or another it’s never quite worked out. At Scout Camp this year Sue Adams offered up the opportunity for him to shoot one off to start wrapping up a merit badge. Unfortunately he’d tossed the one that had failed several times so we headed off to Hobby Lobby yesterday and found a new one. He immediately went to work on putting it together.

From the process of putting it together through laughing it today I was thankful for so many wonderful life lessons he learned. While the emotions ran the entire spectrum there were so many little nuggets of wisdom for him to learn (and for me to remember for myself!)

  • When you get frustrated it’s a good time to take a step back and take a deep breath. At one point he was so angry at the project that he unknowingly was making life more difficult. It wasn’t until after he calmed down that he saw the solution and found the fix.
  • There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. When applying glue to hold the fins he added a bit much and they kept sliding. Once we cleaned it off and only used a little it worked great. More isn’t always better.
  • If at first you don’t succeed try again… using the lessons learned from the last time. When something doesn’t work, don’t give up. Earn from the failure and try again using that knowledge. If you fail again repeat the process until you have success.
  • Gratitude makes us all happier. As he was wrapping up the rocket he paused, gave me a hug, and said “thanks for the help Dad, I’m thankful for having a dad who’s so good at crafts.” He was beaming as he said it, as was I when I heard him say it. It put both of us in an even better mood.
  • Victory always tastes sweeter when it’s hard fought. He was smiling huge when he finally reached his goal, a smile that is much bigger than it would have been had success occurred right away.

So many lessons from one simple project, so many reasons to be thankful.

Thanks!!!

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