Friday, March 20, 2009

Fantasy


I say far too often that I was never a girl. I was a masterful tomboy as a kid and I turned into a denim-clad pre-teen and teen and young adult. If I could avoid wearing a dress, I did so. I never got into make-up in any way. No eyebrow plucking with any consistency. No perfume. No accouterments of womanhood.


My daughter, while not overly girlie, is definitely a girl. She even runs like one and throws a ball like one. She is only 10, and she has worn more dresses in her lifetime than I have in mine. She has painted her nails far more frequently in her lifetime than I have in mine. She has worn more eye shadow, blush and lip gloss than I ever have. [Not outside, dough-heads. I'm not grooming a child prostitute here.]


She is also a believer in Girl Scouts. I flunked out after two years of Brownies, grateful that we were moving to Hawaii and "signing Patty up for Scouting" was not high on the list of parental priorities. Daughter, though, enjoys everything about Girl Scouts, and she particularly enjoys getting together with loads and loads of other Girl Scouts for activities.


Guess who's having a Fantasyland Camporee this weekend? A bunch of Girl Scouts, that's who. And what are some of the things that these girlie girls will be doing? Take part in an Alice in Wonderland Unbirthday Party. Make Little Mermaid candles. Conjure flying carpet sit-up-ons. Find Winnie the Pooh's honey pot by following the Girl Scout trail signs. S'mores at the campfire. Singing all day long, whistling while they work.


Daughter is in heaven at the thought of all this. Fantasies of this nature are so up her alley. As for me, I'll be smuggling in a flask or two of something, along with a steady supply of Diet Coke, because I'll be there, too, pretending to be a nurturing, loving grown-up girl. It's the least I could do for my girl.

8 comments:

gudnuff said...

Ditto! My daughter loves feeling girlie, looking girlie, but strenuously objects to being called a girlie-girl for some reason. And you practically have to put a gun to my head to get me to put on make-up. And she loves Girl Scouts and I too dropped out after the second year. I think it's great that yours is enjoying it so much, and that you're supporting her despite your natural instincts to avoid such activities. A flask is a great idea. Ha. If only. Maybe there'll be wifi access...do you have a handheld data plan?

Tara R. said...

You're a good mommy.

Lori said...

I admire your tenacity. I wonder if you will have as much fun hanging out with all those girls as have, hanging out with a large number of boys at all the cub and boy scouting events I attend with Kevin, while my hubby is at work. Have fun!

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

I loved Girl Scouts and my little girl is all about the dresses. I hope to combine the two loves for her someday.

D... said...

Minus all the girls who are not my own, that does sound like fun. Keep that flask full & a Diet Coke always in your hand. ;) Enjoy!

I was a Girl Scout. I forget how old I was when I quit. We never did anything quite that fun, tho!

Sian said...

Have fun! I'd take a hip flask if I were you :o)

Maria said...

I got kicked out of brownies. Yes, it can happen....

Liv has shown no interest in being a scout and for that I admit, I am grateful. I already feel like we live in the car....

Janet said...

The Queen spent 2 years wearing only dresses on any and all occasions, including to bed. Only this winter did she decide that maybe pants are warmer for going outside.
I spent all of junior high and high school at a school that required dresses on the females. These days I am in jeans and t-shirts or sweatshirts, and I only wear makeup on the stage.
We have a friend who is a Scout troop leader. I'm afraid we may be required to participate. I was a Brownie for 2 years and a Girl Scout for 2 years. Cookies were 50 cents a box back then. Maybe 75 cents.

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