There are 12 points to the Scout Law, but my friends and I would always joke about there being a thirteenth point…
Not long ago, I decided to make spaghetti for dinner. In making the sauce, I had already put the tomato paste and some water into my skillet and was about to add some tomato sauce. I picked up the can and started looking for a can opener. My apartment came furnished with a well stocked kitchen. All the silverware I could ever need, wooden spoons, ladles, whisks, cheese graters of various shapes and sizes, pampered chef measuring cups and spoons, a blinder, a rolling pin, a garlic press, pots, pans, and baking trays of all varieties. In short, everything that I could ever need and more.
I dug through every cabinet and drawer, searched high and low, left no utensil unturned, yet, to my utter amazement, there was one item it lacked. A can opener.
I was in disbelief. How, in a kitchen that could prepare a meal for a king, could there be no can opener? I shook off my bewilderment and tried to assuage my disappointment by determining what my options were.
The closest place that I could think of to buy a can opener was almost 30 minutes away. To get there, search through the store (not a simple task in its own right), check out and return home would likely take close to an hour and a half.
My disappointment began to bubble to the surface again. “No”, I said to myself, “there has got to be something in this house that I can use to get this can open.” “What do I have?”
After some deliberation, I began to form a plan. “I have a hammer, screws, and a pair of needle nosed pliers. Humm… that just might work.”
Using the hammer and one of the screws, I began to punch holes in the rim of the can. I tried to keep them as close together as I could, creating a makeshift perforation around half of the top of the can. The pliers were then able to peal back the lid as easily as tearing a page from a notebook. Mission accomplished.13th point of the scout law… a scout is resourceful.