(My friend, the super-mom, sent me this true story of how she ‘helped’ her kids learn one of those scout-type lessons. Amazing, the lengths we’ll go to for our kids, eh? 😉 WC )
We had our Daisy troop meeting at Oakwood Park this afternoon so we could work on our “Making the World a Better Place” petal by going around the park picking up litter. I got there with a handful of plastic grocery sacks so each girl could fill her own bag with litter. Then we were going to talk about recycling as we took any bottles and cans we found and put them in a separate recycling bag.
So, while the girls are playing before we get started, I look around and….. the park is spotless!! No litter anywhere!! Nothing!! Our petal earning was in serious jeopardy!
The only thing I could think of was to send my older daughter to our van (where there happens to be plenty of litter) to get some litter and go out and sprinkle it around ahead of us as we got started. She said she got some strange looks from people as she was boldly and deliberately littering. That is, before they saw our Daisies way behind on the trail squealing as they raced to pick up the scraps.
Thank God one of the boys playing basketball happened to finish his water bottle so we had something to recycle!
Technically, we didn’t really make the world a better place but I think they got the idea 😉 Too bad there isn’t a “Make your leader’s van a better place” petal. 😉
(LOL- that’s what I call ingenuity! WC)