I'm friends with a girl who lives in a very densely populated city near me.
her 11-year-old son is homeschooled, and he doesn't get out much. So last time I was over there, I showed him how to use a firesteel. But he had some trouble with it, because it was a crappy one. And you know how sometimes boys look for a big brother figure?
So I could see that he really loved playing with the firesteel, even though he couldn't get it to work properly. So I told his mother that I'll get him a better one, and also show him how to use a map and compass, thinking that will encourage him to go outside (with mom) and explore.
So I went to a camping store near my office, and they had shit. And I missed my train. So I had to go home, and drive to a bigger store kind of far away to get the stuff. But I saw how the whole family's eyes lit up when he was trying the firesteel.
I'm having a miserable time in work, and I don't like to stay up too late during the week as it is, but I can't let them down. So I'm going to keep it real, and get him his stuff, and at least I'll know l did what l could to get him interested in outdoor skills.
So hopefully when he's an old guy like we are now, he'll think back to when he was 11, and Rob got him his first compass.