The girls attend our neighborhood's Catholic school. Parents are strongly encouraged to give of their "time, talent, and treasure" to be more committed to the school and church community. Since I am a teacher, I don't have much "treasure", but I do have a bit of time and what can be passed off as "talent", so I am a Brownie leader for Claire's troop. Let me tell you, being involved with Girl Scouts (or Boy Scouts, 4-H, whatever) is a lot of work! Parents might complain about paying dues, but they have no clue as to how much of leaders' own money is spent for projects, etc. Plus, leaders have to PAY to do it!
Not to leave Lydia in the dust, I also volunteer my time to her Daisy (pre-Brownie) troop. I don't do any of the planning, just help out at meetings. Last week we met at a local park- it was a perfect evening, we had a little cookout, the girls sponge-painted t-shirts. We were having a group discussion about "being a sister to every Girl Scout", which is part of the GS Law. We were discussing what that meant to us and then some of the girls started giving examples of how they had been dissed (my word, not theirs) by other kids. We also talked about "being responsible for what I say and do", which is another part of the GS Law. One little girl, who is usually about 2 steps behind everyone else, raised her hand. Here's what she had to offer:
"Sometimes my dad says cuss words at my mom when they're having 'scussions."
If I'd have been drinking milk, it woulda come out my nose. Thankfully, years of teaching have given me the gift of the non-reaction. "Really? Sometimes grownups do that, huh? Anyone else?"
And for the record, I am not worried that this child has to endure her foul-mouthed dad 'scussing with her mom on a regular basis. I'm sure my husband and I have our own 'scussions, although we try not to "say cuss words at each other" when the kids are within earshot. And believe me, I am pretty salty, so it's hard for me to hold back sometimes.