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Come right over! Happy 100th Birthday, Girl Scouts!

On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low “Daisy” called a friend and famously said “Come right over! I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!”  And they did.

Today the Girl Scouts of the USA have an uncountable number of Alumnae.  If you’re one of them and want to reconnect go to http://alumnae.girlscouts.org/ and share your story, or reconnect with Scouts geographically or through common interests.  You never really quit being a Girl Scout.

And if you weren’t a Girl Scout, and you’re thinking “Oh yeah, I like their cookies” or “What’s the big deal? It’s just camping!” then man, I’m sorry, but you have no idea.

Girl Scouting is about so much more than cookies.  Cookies are about so much more than fundraising.  It’s about empowering girls, and women, to take responsibility and control of their lives.  Selling cookies teaches girls about fiscal responsibility, it helps them interact with strangers, it teaches marketing skills that are transferrable to a workplace.  Camping doesn’t teach girls that they don’t need a light switch and a toilet that flushes, it teaches them that they really can do ANYTHING they want to do, that they can take care of themselves.  Singing teaches about listening, and working together and how to just plain have fun, even if all you’re doing is walking.  Badgework teaches leadership, and how to have the confidence to try something new.

I do a lot of boating facilitating for scouts, and one of my favorite things to do with a group of young high schoolers is to have them flip their canoe over in the middle of the lake and then teach them to get back in it while they’re out there.  It’s tough, don’t get me wrong, but when those 14 and 15 year olds realize that they can get themselves in a precarious position stuck in the middle of a lake, and then take care of themselves and make it right (and right side up) again, it empowers them! It’s amazing to see the transformation that can happen over the course of a few hours.  That quiet girl in the back of the group becomes the hero, she BEAMS with confidence.  That’s what Girl Scouting is about.

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

That’s the current Girl Scout mission statement.  How true it is.  Thank you, Juliette Gordon Low, for believing in us.

Some more links for you:

http://www.girlscouts.org/yearofthegirl/

http://www.togetherthere.org/

Like to sing? Come to the 100th anniversary sing along in Washington DC this June! http://100.gscnc.org/rtm_about.html

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And so it begins

The long stretch until football season begins again.  How many days?  Too many.

Spring games will happen soon, right?

The football dynamic in our house is weird.  Andrew doesn’t care for the game at all.  He’d rather watch boxing or Animal Planet and ignore football all together.   I’m not a die hard fan of a particular team (although I am partial to the Carolina Panthers and there are a few teams I really don’t care for) but I love to watch.

Our kitchen “Menu” board became the party announcement board this weekend.

Like I said, there are a few teams I don’t much care for.

This year, some college friends of ours came over to watch this Sunday’s “big” game with us.  It was so much fun.  I really miss these people, and all the time we spent together when we were still all in Greenville in school.  It was great to have everyone together.  The sad part is that most of us live in the greater Wake County area, but still don’t see each other.

Regardless, a good time was had by all.  And most of us were happy with the results of the game.

 

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Happy Christmas

I hope your Christmas was filled with food and friends and family and laughter and enough alcohol to make it through without screaming.  Mine was, and for that I’m really thankful.  I helped Daddy host 23 people today for Christmas lunch at his house.  It went as well as it possibly could.  A little hectic in certain moments, minimally awkward, lots of leftovers.

And now, it’s almost 1am.  I know it’s because of all the emotions of the day, and because I’m exhausted, but I miss my Mom so terribly I can hardly breathe.  I missed her all day yesterday, when I was working in the kitchen, by myself, no idle chatter or “can you pass me that cutting board” to keep me company.  I’ve missed her all month, as we planned out the menu and the seating arrangements.  I missed her when I was trying to decide if it was really okay to skip the tablecloths this year and just use the runners and cloth napkins.  I missed her when the third relative said “How about I bring sweet potato casserole?” and I couldn’t figure out how to say that it was already covered.  I missed her when we were Christmas shopping, this was the year of “the perfect gift for mom”.  But now that the meal is over and the leftovers packed away it’s all crashing down on me.

 

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Richmond is weird. I like it.

Andrew, Emma and I piled in the car last weekend and drove up to Richmond to hang out with friends.  This is not a picture of our car.

I’ve driven through Richmond too many times to count, but I’d never visited the city as a destination.  We were only there for a weekend, and the main goal was to hang out, but we couldn’t miss the Richmond “Tacky Light Tour”.

Some people in town go.all.out. for Christmas.  Decorating everything that can’t fly away.  Then they list their homes on the tacky light tour registry and people drive by, and stop by, and get out and walk (see random guy, above) by to see the horrors, err, lights.

One house that I didn’t get a good photo of had their lights set to dance to the music playing on a certain FM radio station.  It was awesome.  I’ve never seen something like that except in youtube videos and movies.

My favorite house on our short tour had mostly home made decor.  It was easy to tell that these people had put a ton of time, and hard work and thought into their perfectly placed twinkling lights. Christmas on Wendhurst is certainly serious business. They say that their December electric bill jumps by $1000 each year!  What a gift to the community!

I loved this part of their decor best:

Check out that snowman bandit down at the bottom!  Too cute.

They were even very considerate about all of the family members whom might be enjoying the lights with you by providing treats for your four and two legged pets.

The yellow ribbons you can see there are on the memorial gate, the family had a son (I think) killed in action in either Iraq or Afghanistan (I’m sorry I don’t remember which, anyone who knows please enlighten me).  The gate was a nice tribute to their loved one.

I tweeted this picture that night, but it’s too funny not to share again.  This is a wooden cutout meant for children to put their faces in and “be” snowmen.  Please enjoy my snowmen:

But, the “funny lights” award for the night has to go to this place’s neighbors.

And really, I have to agree with them.  It’s the perfect display for living next door to one of Tacky Lights Richmond’s greatest.

Thanks for the lights, Richmond!

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Old Connections

Growing up I had this group of friends.  There are four of us, and everyone always referred to us as “the four”.  I guess it was just easier that way, I don’t know.  We’re all within 54 weeks of each other in age and we were in two different grades at four different schools but went to the same church.  We’re two brunettes, and two blondes.  We were two band geeks and two average students.  Together we have one older brother, four younger brothers and one younger sister (and I’m an only child, so you do the math on that one).

These three girls have been some of the most important people in my life for a long time.  I had their phone numbers memorized, they knew exactly when to call my house so that I would answer and not my mom (who would always say “Call back when it’s daylight”, even if it were winter and only 6:30 in the evening and we were just sitting around watching TV).  We were always together, we had the usual inside jokes that were only funny to us (pooltable!) and all of that.

Sadly, as can happen, we drifted apart when we went to college.  We went from living 15 minutes apart, to being spread across the state, almost seven hours apart.  We got busy, we made new friends, we dated.  We had band practice and fraternity (yes, fraternity – it’s co-ed) events and dance competitions and midterms pulling us apart.  But one day, I got a phone call.  LB was about to get married and she wanted us as bridesmaids. (please ignore the creepy red eyes in this picture)

I’ll save you lots of in the middle details of a few more years of college, and intermittent contact but I just was thinking today of how grateful I am for these girls.

We’re those friends who always, ALWAYS pick right back up where we left off.  It’s not like I haven’t seen them in a year, it’s like I haven’t seen them in an hour.  They’re wonderful.

Today when I got a text message from LB saying that S was unexpectedly admitted to the hospital this morning with what they though was a ruptured ovary (it turned out just to be inflamed and she’s home now and doing fine) I thanked God again for these three girls.  These girls who would drop everything, walk out of their classroom full of students and come right to you if you needed them.  Girls who call on your birthday every.single.year without fail.  Women now, but always “the four” girls to me.  I have other friends, other really good friends who are more sisters than friends, but there is just something about our group that is special, and can’t ever be duplicated.  And luckily, our husbands get along pretty well too 🙂

 

And look!  We don’t always stand in the same order!

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