Angelique joined a new Girl Scouts troop this fall because her original troop had disbanded. I volunteered to chaperon at her first event on Monday, August 30. The 9 girls each created All About Me posters and then took turns presenting to the troop as a getting-to-know-you event. Angelique was really nervous about meeting the girls and I noticed how she took extra care in brushing her hair and getting ready to go. Unfortunately, she inherited my introverted nature and it is hard for her to walk into new situations. Knowing this and having the same "fear-of-meeting-new-people" disability, I thought maybe I could help with the transition by being there with her. I brought my camera and took lots of pictures. Want to know something about taking pictures? It actually helps me cope with new situations because I have the camera as a small shield, it makes people smile, and relaxes me a bit. It is a tool in my introvert tool box.
The second reason for chaperoning the GS event was the agenda. We got to tour Forget-Me-Not flower farm about 20 miles outside of Fergus Falls. I do love me some flowers! What a beautiful treasure that I didn't even know existed. One of the features offered by the Kendra, the owner, is 14 weeks of fresh flower bouquets, one delivered each week during the summer with a final delivery of a dried flower arrangement. Can you imagine how uplifting it would be to receive or even better to GIVE one of these master pieces each week? My heart goes pitter-patter just to imagine it.
The girls divided into three groups and not only got to select some flowers, but they got to create a beautiful, one-of-kind bouquet for delivery. A custom signature card was added to the mason jar vase with their troop number and signatures. You can see the pride in their faces.
I thought the first event went very smooth, but as soon as we were walking back to the car, Angelique said, "I didn't think they were very welcoming to me. No one talked to me." I gently told her, "It may help if you approached and said something first." It is difficult to help out a shy girl, but I am hoping with a little more time she will adapt to her new troop. Maybe she will have to become the picture-girl in her troop!