It's that time of year!
Girl Scout cookies are going on sale everywhere! Neatly displayed tables set up by members and their leaders at the malls, grocery stores and such. Via family members and friends or neighbors, the girls are knocking on neighborhood doors with order forms and pencils ready to take your order writing in their young expertise. Their main sales strategy is a smile and "Would you like..." they need not say more as I'm ready to buy none less than 3-4 boxes at a time.
Scouting is a worth while organization aiding to teach girls values, skills, and socialization as well as focus on projects to benefit their family, troop, community and personal growth.
The day today is cloudy, misty wet and the outdoors is filled with dirty sandy, salty melting snow. It's heart warming inside to look over some of my Brownie memorabilia. A pin, a few badges, my brownie hand book and remember the fun I had in a troop in my neighborhood when I was in second grade. We focused on presenting ourselves in a neat and tidy uniform, sharing, saving money, handling it and applying it to fund raising. We focused on things we could do to help our teachers at school such as cleaning paint cans, or helping with bulletin boards, etc. One of the most amazing aspects of my year in Brownies was going to Columbus, Ohio to attend a national meeting and having breakfast together as a group. It was so nice. I think it was the first time I realized the necessity of utilizing learned table manners and the difference it made in forming my character. I used to love to lay on my bed reading and re-reading my manual. I loved the graphics. Sometimes it would inspire me to re-arrange my room and clean it well, other times it might direct me to try to do a little sewing project like a doll or stuffed animal. It was fun to go through my mother's button box and pick out some things to use. Old buttons, left over pieces of rick rack or lace. Sometimes I would play grocery using one of those little hand held push button calculators to add up my make believe purchases all the while my little parakeet "Chippy" watched on and talked to himself in his mirror. :) I still love the graphics in that book. They bring a smile to my face. In fact, smiling was one of our characteristic songs.
I've something in my pocket,
It belongs across my face.
I keep it very close at hand,
In a most convenient place.
I'm sure you could not guess it,
If you guessed a long, long while.
So, I'll take it out and put it on.
It's a great big Brownie smile! :)