Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Coming from a long line of Girl Scouts, it was probably inevitable I would be one too. My mother, my grandmother - both were Girl Scouts. Mother got so involved in it when I was a Brownie, she decided to become a leader herself.
My favorite "stage" was the Junior stage. Mother herself said it was the funnest age for a girl, around 8 to 11 or so. I think she was right. I remember vivdly the camping trips, the crafts, the songs, day camp, building camp fires, learning new skills, cookie sales, working on badges.
And, oh, the badges! I do believe they have changed drastically from my time in scouting. No longer do Girl Scouts have to earn badges for home-economics-type activities, like sewing, cooking, etc. It's been a long time since I've looked at a Girl Scout handbook, but the last time I did, I saw badges in there I didn't even recognize. Environmental themes, for example, and technology-geared badges seemed to be the norm. I know times change, but for me, the principle of scouting never will. It encourages girls to be strong, to be academically and socially responsible, and to be ethical and upstanding citizens. It's mighty good to know some things never really change.
Our troop, #154, was part of the San Jacinto council, and we had probably 12 or so girls. With my mom, the leader, and her friend, our co-leader, we had excellent guidance and lots of laughs as well. One particular example of what NOT to do came when my mother tried to make pancakes in a cast-iron skillet that was way past its prime over a campfire. Needless to say, the pancakes stuck like crazy, and we ended up with pancake pieces, or, as we came to affectionately call them, "scrambled pancakes". We would laugh about that for a long time. One overnight camping trip, we had tents, the old canvas kind, that were already placed on the campsites. All we had to do was roll down the canvas when we were ready for "lights out" and go to bed. Simple, right? Well, we never really looked up at the top rafter before, had no reason to. Once we rolled down the canvas and really started looking at the inside of the tent with our flashlights and lanterns, it occurred to us gals that we would be spending the night with many daddy longleg spiders. Cue the screaming. Of course, when one girl screams, then the others will follow suit, then from one tent to the other. Before mother could even get out of her and her co-leader's tent to see what was going on, she was rushed by about 10 girls trying to get into her tent all at once. Nevermind there were spiders in her tent, too. We were safe with our leader! I think we all slept in one (small, very small) tent that night, but wound up laughing about it in the daylight the next day.
Thanks to Truth Ferret, my favorite little ferret, for bringing up such great memories. Scouting wasn't just an organization for learning, it was a place where a girl could really be a girl and gain the skills to become a woman.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
It occurs to me that I made a glaring omission on my last blog of "hot" tunes. It seems I forgot the hottest one of all sung by the HOTTEST fox ever - "Light My Fire", the second single off their self-titled debut album by the Doors. Here is a worthy video showcasing a man with talents beyond what even he could have imagined. Jim Morrison was a poet, genius, drug addict, alcoholic, musician, songwriter, husband, son, and brother. He was gone far too soon, but maybe Earth's gravity cannot hold all the beautiful people away from Heaven's pull. To balance out the heat from this fiery song, try cooling off with "L.A. Woman"off the LP of the same name. After all, it doesn't get any cooler than Mr. Mojo rising, does it? The supreme coolness of this song can be found here.
And there you have it. "Tasty freeze" songs for your chilling out pleasure. It has been MY pleasure bringing them to you. After all, it's merely the second week of January. Which means it will be summer in South Texas in, oh, about 3 weeks!