Girly Things – Daisies Here We Come…

Girl Stuff – My Little Daisy

I am a mom of girls. Two lovely young little princesses to be exact. We spend a lot of time talking about the color pink, and accessorizing our dollies. We also worry a lot about the location of our currently missing lovie, or when we will get our fairy wing. We love to play, read, dance, sing, paint, run, jump and dream. We deeply love our friends and our family, and pray together for them all each night. We generally have a high degree of drama, for no real apparent reason, it’s just how we roll. We are passionate about things and aren’t afraid to express it, even if the time isn’t quite right.

Why am I sharing all of this? Well, as a Mom of girls, I do all I can to nurture, teach, support and push this creative and curious bunch.  Just as much as my Mom raised her three girls, I am working hard each day to make sure I raise my girls right, with love, compassion, drive and empathy. This is why I am so excited about our most recent adventure. We are starting our journey in Girl Scouts, Daisies to be exact. For those of you who don’t know, Daisies is the youngest level in the Girl Scout regime. It’s where princess will start her journey. We had inquired about joining Daisies last year, but all the troops were full, and well, she wasn’t all that interested anyway. This year we encountered the same “sorry, we’re full” message. So, being a can’t take no kinda gal, a few other tenacious Moms and I decided to start our own troop.

Sounded simple enough. Meet once a month. Do a craft, have a snack, done., right? Well, it is not that simple. I have rediscovered, to my delight, the vast depths of the Girl Scout machine. After a two hour meeting at the local support Girl Scout headquarters, my co-troop leaders and I left a little blurry eyed, a little confused and needless to say a bit overwhelmed. But, we also left energized and so thrilled to be able to start from scratch an activity for our young girls that will shape and support them as long as they are willing to participate. It will grow them from the tiny little Daisies, into true leaders, doers, explorers and friends. It will support their curiosity about the world they live in, and open doors that we have yet to imagine. It will empower them to embrace our world and to change it for the good.

As part of my training to be a troop leader I was re-reading the Girl Scout Promise and Law. As I read I was reminded of how much I had truly loved scouts as a girl: the friendships I made, the songs (Meet new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold), the camping trips, etc.  Wow did the memories come flooding back as I read on. I couldn’t wait to work on the next badge, or sell the most cookies that year, or volunteer at the next outreach project. These things molded me into the sometimes tenatious and overly determined person that I am. As a kid, it was just so fun I had no idea I was learning, growing, changing and becoming the woman I now can be, at least on my good days. Someone unafraid to take on a challenge and be a leader among women.

Read this. Reread it and apply it to one day of your life this week. Then to another. See if a shifted perspective can change your outlook and inspire you to try.

The Girl Scout Promise
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

and

The Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.

Starting a troop for my girls wasn’t just so I could provide a positive after school activity for them, though that was my original intention. I now know that I was drawn to this so that they could experience for themselves what being a leader is. So that they could build their own self esteem. So that they could make friends for life and develop a strong sense of self and belonging.

Happy 100th Anniversary Girl Scouts. Building girls of courage, confidence and character for 100 years.

Can’t wait to get started, again. -Beth

Elizabeth Montgomery James

After living in California for several years, Beth and her husband, Rod, relocated to Florida, to live, work, and play. They have two adorable daughters, and Beth is very involved with her children’s schools as a parent volunteer, Daisy troupe, and other community organizations such as the Junior League. Beth enjoys crafts, yoga and fitness, as well as a nice glass of Chardonnay. Beth is a graphic designer who has worked on national and international ad campaigns for top consumer brands, and now brings her talents to a variety of projects in and around Central Florida. In addition for bringing classic elegance to everything she touches, Beth has a natural talent for making everything pretty, from kids’ birthday parties to her garden.

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2 Responses to “Girly Things – Daisies Here We Come…”

  1. Donna — October 23, 2011 @ 8:05 pm (#
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    I couldn’t have said it better myself. Praises from a fellow brownie who remebers the song and making her situpon:)

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  2. Sabrina Frey — October 28, 2011 @ 10:05 am (#
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    My daughter is so excited that she is a Daisy scout! She enjoys her new friends, troop leaders, fun activities and community involvement. It’s a great opportunity for girls to have their voice heard and I’m glad that our girls have the chance to be a part of something so grand.

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