Round Table

Sometimes, Being Rude is OK

Did your Mother teach you to NOT be rude? Mine did. And this, she advised, includes the nasty habit of eavesdropping on other people’s conversations.

Usually, I follow Mom’s advice expertly in this regard. What other people do and say is their own business and none of mine. Most of the time, I follow the example of Sergeant Schultz from Hogan’s Heroes so that “I see (hear) NOTHING!”

But not always.

So there I was a while ago, minding my own business at a gathering of Scouters, finding myself listening in on others’ conversations … on purpose! But I think Mom would have forgiven me, for these are excerpts of what I heard.

“I have a really hard time with boys who …”

“We’ve got some parents who could help if …”

“Are you running your den meetings so that …”

“Do you use den chiefs to …”

You see, I was attending a Cub Scout Roundtable meeting. And everyone had broken out into small groups by role … Cubmasters together with other CMs, Den Leaders grouped at tables with more of the same, etc. And you know what they were doing? They were sharing tips on how to do things better. Maybe not even better, but differently – and giving each other food for thought.

It was really very cool to see this exchange of ideas. And when they all gathered back together and were asked, “Did you get any good ideas?” more than half of them volunteered a loud, “Yeah!” in response.

You know what I learned? That I should have given Roundtable meetings more chances back when I was a Committee Member, Committee Chair and Cubmaster. If I had, then maybe the MANY hours I spent in those positions would have been improved by investing ONE hour more each month, or even every other month.

Come to think of it, I probably should have been rude more often.

Eric Hoadley
Wotamalo District Commissioner

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