What Is a Girl?
Guide Guider - 1st Amlwch Guides
Anglesey, Wales, UK
Here below is something that I have heard twice now at two different trainings. Once at Foxlease in the UK in 1988 and again this year in Limerick in Southern Ireland. At each training there was a contented kind of sigh around the room at the end of it being read. I hope you enjoy it.
What is a girl ?
She is the person who is going to carry on what you have started in the world.
She is going to sit where you are sitting, and when you are gone, attend to those things you think are so important.
She is going to take over your committees, your home and school, your bridge club, your sewing circle, your coffee meetings.
You can adopt all the policies you please, but how they are carried out in her age, will depend on her.
She is going to marry your son and she is going to rock the cradle of your grandchild.
She is going to share in the control of your village, your town, your nation.
She is going to have a voice in your schools, your Guide activities, your churches, your universities and corporations.
She is going to be in charge of your woods, your forests, nature parks and wildlife reserves, and all your natural resources.
How she pursues a full and rewarding life depends on the direction she is following now.
Her individual search for happiness will be determined by the set of values she is amassing now.
All your work is going to be judged, praised and condemned by her.
Her future is in your hands, but your reputation and your life in your old age are in her hands.
So it as well to pay some attention and to give her some of your hands NOW !