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RE: OT:now independence/Girl Scouts

Funny you should mention that- I was a girl scout  (and still am a life
member) thoughout school even through high school.  I went to National
Center West, the annual conventions at the state and national level, camped
a ton, met lots of wonderful people, and still have both a vest and sash
covered with badges.  My mom was a leader part of the time, and regardless
of that I still would have gotten my sense of self-reliance from her.  She
did anything that needed to be done inside or outside the house, fixed
things, worked hard, even taught us how to fish and enjoyed all of it.  I am
eternally grateful to her for living like she did and showing us what we
could do.  Oh course as a kid I had no idea this is what she was doing, we
we just living and growing up.  She still is happiest outside in the yard,
and cares for her own small yard, and then goes over to my younger sister's
house and cleans up her garden beds too  (my sister doesn't do much in them
on purpose becuase she knows my mom likes to do it).  So, yeah for being
self-sufficient.  My mom is now 71.  When she was in high school she applied
and won a nursing school scholarship- moved herself to Washington DC from
Florida just as she turned 17, and has been making her own path ever since.
Thank god my mom is a brave and persistant woman, who knows what I'd be like
otherwise- she came from a family who was poorly educated, lived in a small
southern town that embraced segragation and prejudice of all kinds, and her
mother spent most of her time waiting for my grandfather to come home from
work, going to the hairdresser and reading trashy novels.  I have no idea
how my mom managed to escape all of the above- my only guess is that the
little time she spent with her great grandmother (who was a tiny woman, yet
totally independent and running a farm) really must have had a huge impact.

Ok- I'm done now.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
Behalf Of Melody
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2003 2:50 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] throw away society now independence

This is one of my biggest reasons for being involved with Girl Scouts as
both a leader and a parent...it's important to me that my girls and
their friends who choose to be involved in Girl Scouts learn early that
the road to self esteem lies in their ability to do for themselves...as
a troop leader I find enjoyment in watching the girls learning to be
self sufficient and capable in many arenas that will serve them well as

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Fri 11/21, Theresa < tchessie@comcast.net > wrote:
From: Theresa [mailto: tchessie@comcast.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 19:15:03 -0800
Subject: RE: [CHAT] throw away society

I'll second that! I am delighted that I can replace a kitchen faucet,
haul<br>shrubs out of the ground, and still occassionally catch guys
watching me<br>walk across the grocery store parking lot when I'm in a
pair of heels.<br>Thank god my husband is also an independent thinking
person- and not in the<br>least threatened by my tendency to do what
ever comes to mind. (Although he<br>did fuss at me when I nearly got
crushed underneath the yard waste barrel<br>becuase I had put about 400
lbs of stuff in it and then tried to move it all<br>by myself :) It
cracks me up when my male neighbor across the street wants<br>to know
where my husband is when I'm out working in the yard and garden-
It<br>is my project, not my husbands! It worries my thought when his 11
year old<br>daughter doesn't understand this- maybe eventually a little
of my influence<br>will rub off on
her.<br><br>Theresa<br><br>-----Original Message-----<br>From:
owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On<br>Behalf
Of Pamela J. Evans<br>Sent: Friday, November 21, 2003 6:10 PM<br>To:
gardenchat@hort.net<br>Subject: RE: [CHAT] throw away
society<br><br><br>Amen to that Donna. My mother once said to me, not
too many years ago,<br>that she wondered if she raised us to be too
independent! I told her -<br>absolutely not. Can't be too independent.
That would like being too into<br>gardening - can't
happen!!<br><br><br>LOL<br><br>---------- Original Message
----------------------------------<br>From: "Donna "
<justme@prairieinet.net><br>Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>Date: Fri,
21 Nov 2003 19:46:43 -0600<br><br>>I think this was the most important
thing you can do for your child...<br>> No matter what life throws at
them, they will be able to handle it...<br>>whether we approve or
not...<br>><br>>Donna<br>><br>><br>>> I became a very<br>>> independent
person, and raised my sons to be individuals. They<br>>haven't<br>>>
always<br>>> turned out the way I expected, but they are all very much
independent<br>>> individuals.<br>>><br>>>

Thanks for your concern.
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