sixteen, clumsy and shy
I’m almost stunned, I really had my eyes opened by posts and comments made by the women this week. I never really thought about how this stuff plays out differently for boys and girls. I’m sure in there somewhere, what with the effort to protect and enhance the innocence and spirituality of girls, the need to keep them protected from the evils of the world while the boys, a boy is just a scoundrel who must prove himself, eat rabbits and berries for a week and then build a dam and we throw a big party, because hooray! now he’s worth something!— that’s got to have enough material for at least one lengthy graduate thesis. Bottom line, the programs for boys and girls ought to be more equitable, especially the ceremonies honoring them.
So I never got my eagle. Even with all the stuff I’ve done since then, it still comes up from time to time and I think my parents are still disappointed. Maybe that’s part of why I’m ambivalent on the issue. I like the idea of learning things, doing service projects, engagement with spirituality. I’m not so hip on the structure (or I wasn’t then. For some reason, I think doing merit badges now, as an adult, would be kind of fun.) I was hoping more would be said about the girl scouts. I don’t know much about them, but from what little I’ve heard, if I had daughters I’d encourage them to get involved with the girl scouts.