I've earned even more respect for my husband, a good scout, through work. Part of my job description will sometimes cause me to become involved in collaboration with boy scouts. I've met some great kids in doing this, and I've also met some duds. Some real duds. Boys pretending to be scouts. I have had particularly bad experiences with this one fellow. NOT impressive. He was working on a project to benefit one of my programs as his Eagle project, but he didn't want to do TOO much work. He didn't want to meet with me until I demanded to see him in person. He communicated with me through his parents, who while being very fine and gracious people were NOT the Eagle-Scout-to-be, so this particularly annoyed me. He wasn't interested in keeping open lines of communication, never sent the updates I requested, and was unhappy when I told him that I wouldn't be able to provide him the materials he needed - as is my workplace's policy. And then, when we found a way for me to provide them after all, he lost all the hardware.
I am not impressed. I didn't want to sign off on this project. I'm disheartened that there's no built-in mechanism for me to review him - I just sign some forms and then I never hear from him again. He did basically everything I asked for, initially, but he did it with his door closed and his feet dragging. He's disrespectful to his parents, too, and right in front of me. This makes me really crazy. While I have nothing against him personally and I'm entirely sure he is capable of success, he is, in my opinion, less than what an Eagle Scout should be, in my mind.
What would YOU do in this situation? Sign the forms and just move on? Say something to somebody when it's basically too late to do anything else? Tell him/her how disappointed you are and sign it anyway? (what good would that do?)
I've seen this painting up close, hanging for sale in the General Assembly Building, and I decided that I would very much like to have it. I don't have it, and I'm sure that by the time I can drop triple-digit amounts on artwork it will be too late. But still, it makes me happy just knowing it exists. There's something about this painting that I love. An art critic I am not, but the textures, the colors, something about her work makes me think good things about her. A print just wouldn't be the same.