- An extended
electrical outage doesn't phase you! You just trot out to
the garden shed and bring in the camp stove and fuel, dig
out the instant coffee and camp coffee pot from the camp
kitchen, and have the kids find the Coleman lanterns -
then sit on the porch in the evening and watch the
lightning bugs and stars come out, instead of another
dumb TV show!
- You wonder
who would be good at designing signs we could all post in
our yards saying, "A Green Neck Lives Here" or
"A Blue Neck Lives Here"
- You set up a
solar stove and a box oven for cooking at home in summer
- You ask your
husband to build a storage cupboard three shortbread
boxes wide and a caramel delight deep, and with a tall
section on the side for flags, and he knows exactly what
you mean, and he does it, and it's too small before it is
- You have the
sharpest knife in the deer camp because you taught 25
Girl Scouts how to sharpen it in a knife safety session
at day camp
- All your
garage sale items are packed in cookie boxes
- Your yard
equipment has been used more at camp than on your yard
- You go to the
hall closet and 15 sit-upons fall on your head
- Have a house
full of things because folk insist that *you* are the one
who knows where these things will be useful or to which
charity to send them
- Your husbands
brings home the old copier from work, fixes it up, and
gives it to you so that you don't have to keep running to
the store every week to make copies of newsletters,
forms, articles, etc.
- Your husband
comes home from work early every Tuesday so that he can
watch your 4 year old daughter while your at your troop
scrutinize the council financial statements and fund
balances and have them committed to memory but couldn't
guess what your checking account balance is at any one
point in time
- You turn your
favorite hang out spot (the garage) into a girl scout
- You go
through camping withdrawal syndrome and pitch a tent in
the back yard and camp out with the kids
- After the hurricane knocks
out your power you are happy as a clam cooking for the
neighbors with your vagabond stove and cardboard box oven
- You buy a storage shed just
to have enough room to keep troop supplies
- When attending college you
roast mini marshmallows on a paper clip over a candle to
make mini S'mores in your dorm room while singing
"Rise up o flame"
- Your tape player in your car
has the tape.."Still Singing After All These
Years" still in it.
- You can't use your front
entrance because the entryway is filled from floor to
ceiling with craft materials, some new, some remnants of
- You design and build a key
hole fire place in your back yard. ...for the troop!
...just to practice! ...ok, for yourself :).
- The troop photos are all
nicely pasted in albums, and the family pictures are in
- In looking for a new home,
you try to find one that has an extra room to store your
GS stuff in!!
- You have your council's phone
number on speed dial.
- The last 20 times you have
gotten a babysitter it was so that you could attend Girl
Scout meetings and events and not once for a night out
with your hubby!
- Your dog has puppies and you
agree to let your daughter keep one AND name her
"Daisy" after Daisy Girl Scouts!!
- You have at least one
saucepan that is a little black round the outside,
despite hours of scrubbing?
- Most of your cutlery has the
remnants of nail-varnished initials from last year's
- Troop equipment lives in your