Pinewood Derby Stories and Photos from Maximum Velocity
PINEWOOD DERBY MEMORY Nathan
When Nathan (name changed) came to us two years ago (second grade then), he would not talk to us much, and when he did he kept his head down and wouldn't look up to speak to us. He hadn't experienced love from his parents; basically they have checked out. His self confidence and self-esteem were very low and he had a lot of pent-up anger and frustration. Nathan lives with his Grandparents, and his Grandmother sees to it that he gets to attend the weekly Ranger meetings. We have continually prayed, and worked with Nathan to obtain any change.
This past race season, Nathan designed a car and painted it with some help. I was thrilled to see him receive trophies (1st Place) for the design and speed of his police car at our sectional pinewood derby race. In fact all of the Ranger Commanders were excited for him and his win. He had a big smile on his face and I did too!
Lately he talks to me and the other commanders quite a lot, and he is coming out of his shell a little at a time as he learns to trust us. Recently, Nathan told his Grandma that what she needed was some hugs. It seems that he was being disobedient and didn't want to follow her direction, so he tried to side track her with that comment. She was laughing when she told me about this, saying that we had been the reason for him to think about having and giving a hug.