Lots of things come full circle when you live in the same place for most of your life and are lucky enough for some of your kids to live nearby. And we are doing some circling up this week!
This time, it is all about 4-H, which is all about family and community members.
The Hidalgo Helping Hands club and our leader, Ella Lee, played a huge part in my formative years. Brad’s family supported the activity in a big way, as well . His dad led his club and spent hours on it, I’m sure. My parents, mom especially, spent hours supervising our sewing and other projects, making cookies and costumes for Share the Fun, and hauling us all over kingdom come to events. I’m so glad so many adults were willing to give their time, wisdom, and knowledge to help. It was so good for me!
Because of my experiences in 4-H, I learned to….
- make bread
- bake yummy desserts
- plan a healthy menu and prepare the meal
- create pretty (!) projects with my own two hands and the satisfaction it brings
- follow a pattern and sew my own clothes and home decor
- make a speech without vomiting from nerves
- do a demonstration in front of a large crowd of peers and adults in my county and then at the State Fair
- go the extra mile
- plan events
- lead others
- meet new people and to enjoy camping with a cabin full of squealing girls, first as a camper and then as a counselor
- throw in the towel when something is just not my cup of tea….Can you say cattle show?
- complete project records
- finish what I start (confession: I’m still learning that one!)
- invest my adult life in helping others
Learn by Doing
And that is exactly what is happening!