You may rest assured that I’d very much have preferred getting soaked in the rain last Wednesday photographing happy Girl Scouts enduring the drizzle while planting decorative posies in Rosedale Park.
Instead, I was lying on my ophthalmologist’s recliner receiving treatment in my right eyeball to combat Age Related Macular Degeneration. Although I missed the soggy but fun-filled experience, I am indebted to Gig Harbor Girl Scout Troop 45284 troop leader Eleanor Ficca for taking the photos and collecting the Girl Scouts’ remarks for this refreshing tale.
Harbor Heights first-grader Paisley Flippo exulted, “It was fun but really wet! I learned that we should care about the world.” And her classmate, Peyton Hall, “had fun — it’s good to plant for other people.”
Ficca’s daughter, Mary Ficca, a St. Nicholas School first-grader, “got really wet and mud was all over me. I didn’t care because I love getting dirty, and I was with my friends.”
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First-graders Megan Brooke, from Voyager Elementary, and Anne Louden, of Lighthouse Christian, gave the program their best dripping-wet effort as well.
“Even though we got really soaked and dirty, we worked hard to plant them anyway,” declared Harbor Heights first-grader Emily Grennan.
Voyager first-grader Lana Vicente cheerfully noted, “I had fun, I got really dirty. The blue ones were easier to plant.“
That’s something you need to remember.
Girl Scout Daisy is the initial level of Girl Scouting, named for Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts. Daisy Girl Scouts are kindergarteners and first-graders.
“The rain didn’t stop second year Scout Troop Daisy from planting flowers at Rosedale Park,” Elanor Ficca said. “PenMet Parks provided the plants. The girls helped beautify their community and earned their Girl Scout Golden Honey Bee Award.”
The Golden Honey Bee Award represents taking action — in a big or small way — to make the world a better place. The award is named for Honey, the bee who who leads the girls of the garden story to Amazing Daisy and Daisy Flower Garden. Girl Scout Daisies earn the award as they complete a planting or growing project in their community.
Troop 45284 has just a few more badges to earn before they move up, or “bridge,” to Girl Scout Brownies, Ficca explained.
Rain or shine, I plan to be there to catch them in the act.
Hugh McMillan is a longtime contributing writer for the Gateway. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.