Your writing suggestions have been duly noted and I have this Friday blocked out for a non-stop write-a-thon (my belated Christmas gift from Neal)! Yeehaw! In the meantime, an amusing little thing I found a couple of weeks ago . . .
My anniversary gift to Neal this year was to get back to processing and decluttering. On Sunday, I found my old Girl Scout handbook in which I dutifully kept track of all the requirements I did between 1989-1991.
It was fun to be reminded of my Girl Scout years, which I initially hated because I was the semi-bullied outcast, but eventually came to love. And in fact, I have stayed in touch with my wonderful troop leader and her fantastic daughter (whom I’ve written about before, though somewhat obtusely).
My troop was what you might call a “party troop” — we were light on the badges and heavy on the beach camping. With my troop, I did these badges in two years:
- Community health and safety
- Exploring foods
- First aid
- Sports sampler
But on my own, I was kind of an overachiever. A checklist to complete? Sign me up! At home, I did these badges:
- Water fun
- “Collecting” hobbies — coins, postcards
- “Doing” hobbies — ballet, saxophone
- Computer fun
- Do-it-yourself — household and car repairs
- Water wonders
- Architecture (I planned to be an architect as a youngster)
- Local lore
- Math whiz
My favorite part of this handbook discovery, though, was the few badges that were specifically marked with an 0, but never worked on:
- Child care
- Tending toddlers
- Home living
- Healthy eating
- Personal health
I see two possibilities — either my Mom circled them to encourage me to work on them OR I marked them with a zero to specifically announce my intentions to not do them. What do you make of that list?