Sunday, September 5, 2010

A visit to a flower farm and more

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!


Lori said...

My heart aches for Kippy. She and Jo can compare notes some time. Jo has said those exact words the last 3 weeks. Give her a hug for me. Tell her that just because they didn't say anything that day doesn't mean that they didn't want to. Kippy is such a fabulous girl that sometimes it takes other girls a minute to get over their own fear and say hello. I will continue to pray for you both. It does get better. Jo can tell you that. While things here still aren't great, they are better than the first day.
That flower place IS AMAZING!! I can't believe I lived there for 3 years and never heard of it. Beautiful!

Heather said...

I love the boquet that the girls put together! Beautiful, just like your girl and her mama. It is amazing to me how unique each of us are and yet our families each have individuals with similar struggles. Kamiryn was so shy on vacation that the shuttle bus driver to the fair actually said to her "your gonna have to go to school so you can learn to talk".....and my Miranda girl that has such a hard time being the first one to reach out....just like Jo and Kip. If only everyone could just KNOW how fabulous our girls are, then they'd be the center of the circle! Thanks for sharing this, now I'm going to have to find this flower farm you speak sounds fabulous!

Kathy said...

Beautiful flowers and your story of your fears and Angelique's almost brought tears to my eyes. Way to be there for her. She is such a sweetheart it won't be long before she is one of the gals. You sure do take some amazing pictures (hiding or not)