The Girl Scout law is:
I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.
The best thing to come from my daughter, Alex’s, participation in her Girl Scout troop is the other girls. Her relationships have blossomed during Girl Scout activities. It has been such a privilege of to watch these friendships develop and grow, and to watch my daughter be a part of it. One of her best friends forever (BFF) is in her troop!
Recently, Alex took part in a Girl Scout event at the Parks Mall in Arlington. She had an ice-skating lesson and then got to skate on the ice! There were extra instructors there for girls who needed help during the lesson, which Alex really needed. She was also provided with an ice-skating walker to help her stand and slid. I was VERY nervous about this activity!
After the lesson, the ice-skating rink let her use the support device to use for free. They also assigned an instructor to work with her during the public skate time with her troop at no extra cost. The girls in her troop skated with her. They encouraged. They never forgot about her or left her behind. Alex was on the ice with her fellow troopmates and the general public!
By the end of the public skate session, Alex had skated by herself and with her friend for several feet on the ice. No adult, no support device. This was an amazing thing for a little girl with little muscle tone and balance issues—a girl who has a hard time walking on anything but a flat, solid surface with tennis shoes on.
She was so proud and her smile lit up her face.
I credit the amazing support from her friends. And the right support from the instructors! The girls of this troop were sisters to Alex that day and many others as well. But on this day, I felt all the girls showed the Girl Scout Promise in every way. They were friendly and helpful. Considerate and caring. Courageous and strong. And Alex's troop made the world a better place on a small ice-skating rink in Texas!
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As the parent of a child with mild Cerebral Palsy, I learned that the word “hurry” doesn’t apply to my son, Jason. With motor planning difficulties, hurrying just wasn’t something he could do. I learned to adapt and accommodate our schedule to allow extra time. However, when I found myself in the situation of caring for elderly parents & parents-in-law, and our son, I struggled to find the patience I once had with Jason.
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