Crossing the Bridge: Childhood Milestones Celebrated

Moving From Girl Scout Daisies to Brownies

Watching your kids grow, change and move from one stage of life to the next is such a joy.

We have had some pretty big milestones this past week. As the school year comes to a close, both my children are entering new chapters in their little and very new lives.

Bridging to Brownies

What a very special afternoon we had. It was one of those brief moments that our little Daisy girls will never forget. Every detail was beautiful and the girls delighted as they ran, skipped, flew or simply walked over the bridge. One moment a Daisy Girl Scout, the next a Brownie.
What is Bridging to Brownie’s?
In the world of Girl Scouts, you have Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Each program is designed for the growing and changing stages of a young girls life. My “Daisy Girl Scout” has completed her Daisy series, earned all of her petals and is now ready to become a Brownie. Hence the “Bridging to Brownies” ceremony.

So, our Daisy troop got together on a lovely and very hot Florida summer afternoon and, guided by our 4 troop leaders, “bridged” to become a Brownie Troop. We began our ceremony by diligently saying the Girl Scout Pledge together. Next was the Pledge of Allegiance, and a time to talk about what it meant to complete the commitment that being a Daisy Girl Scout had been for each of them. Then we let the girls, one by one literally run across a real bridge. Once we all met on the other side they were pronounced Brownies. It was a very sweet moment and the girls were thrilled and so excited to move onto the “next” phase of scouting.

It was the start of something new and exciting for the them, but it was also one of those many “lasts” that parents watch their children breeze by at lighting speed. Knowing it was our last moment as a Daisy troop, knowing that it would never be this group, these girls, at this delightful age every again, made me want to stop and linger longer (even though it was at least 90 degrees out and we were all a sweaty mess by the end of it).

It was a bitter, but oh so sweet moment made special by so many. From the location, to the gifts, to the sweet sweet words shared, to the treats and hugs along the way; spectacular is all I can say.

Thank you to my Daisy Girls and fellow Daisy Troop leaders. Thank you for making this year together the experience of a lifetime. Thank you for taking the care and time to make every detail oh so pretty. It has been so much more than I could have ever hoped for. I did it for my little girl scout, but what I gained I could have never imagined. We grew into a strongly connected group of women; the true definition of “troop” in every way.
We took time, set things aside, put our obligations and errands away, and showed our girls and ourselves how to be truly present for each other. It made a big impact our hearts and minds each meeting or outing we shared.

Take time and stop to really be with your children before they cross each bridge that is laid out before them. I didn’t really understand how fast time goes, until I started measuring it in the life of my child.

Graduating from Pre-School

Kindergarten here we come!

Well if we weren’t all emotional enough about watching out babies move from pre-school to primary school, our lovely and adored teachers had to go and read a book at the start of our Pre-K graduation ceremony that even they couldn’t get through without shedding a tear.

Let Me Hold You Longer, by Karen Kingsbury is a sweet book and a must read. Karen encourages parents to not only celebrate their children’s “firsts”, but pay special attention to those “lasts.” As I listened to the teachers read, I couldn’t help but look around at this group of children and think this is their last day in this space. This special time in their life is done and they are crossing their own bridge to Elementary school days as they walk out this door. Well, need a tissue yet? I do.

So again for the second day in a row, I was reminded to stop and pay attention to this moment. It will be gone before you know it, so don’t miss it. Be present with your kids and don’t let those lasts go by without you in them.

Congratulations to graduates everywhere, no matter how big or small. Before you go bounding across that bridge to what life holds for you next, take one last long look and remember where you have been.

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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One Response to “Crossing the Bridge: Childhood Milestones Celebrated”

  1. Michele — May 13, 2013 @ 4:19 pm (#

    Love this… by any chance do you have the Daisy image used on the CD that you could send me. This is TOO CUTE!


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