Quote of the Day:
” ‘Damage control is easy. Reading Klingon – that’s hard.’ ”
Mr. Scott, “Star Trek IV”
I keep telling myself that January is almost over and I can start another folder to store these diary entries that is labeled with a new month. The one marked “January” is starting to get a little full! It’s funny how I had a serious case of writer’s block in August when I first got back to Gainesville and lots of notable things were happening. Now that the days are coming and going with little to distinguish them from one another I am a limitless source of information which I spill unheedingly into my diary. Life has its phases so, I suppose, I am allowed to have one of wordiness now and then. Today, however I have two points to address that are not from my daily life but from outside sources.
1) Girl Scouts
I got an email today from the UF Career Resource Center promoting a recruitment for summer camps. Since I was a counselor for three summers when I was in high school and I miss those days dearly my heart ached when I read about this event. I saw that two Girl Scout councils are going to be in attendance and I decided to check out their webpages to see what kinds of camps they have. When I was browsing I came across the Girl Scout Promise and Law – things I learned when I was about ten years old – but not as I remember them. The Promise was changed when I was about five because it used the word “mankind” and a women’s organization didn’t like that reference. Luckily it hasn’t changed since then. The Law, however, is not even a shadow of the verse I memorized years ago. Here are the words we used to say every morning at camp when we raised the flag and the ones I can still recite by heart:
I will do my best:
to be honest,
to be fair,
to help where I am needed,
to be cheerful,
to be friendly and considerate,
to be a sister to every Girl Scout,
to respect authority,
to use resources wisely,
to protect and improve the world around me,
and to show respect for myself and others through my words and actions
Here, in contrast, are the ones I read off the webpage:
I will do my best to be:
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout
When I think on it, the word are not the same but the meaning behind them remains. There is still something lacking of the old statement that I miss when I read this new Law. I know I am making this sound very melodramatic but I remember being proud that I didn’t have to look on a card to recall these words every morning. Anyone who was in my Girl Scout troop (Troop 258 of the Apalachee Bend between 1985 and 1996) will remember that we learned the old Law using a rap we had learned from another troop. In the end the purpose of the Girl Scouts, no matter how it is stated, can be summed up by the last line of that rap – “It all ads up in the end, you see, to loving God, my neighbor, and me!” I guess I will have to learn the new Law if I am going to work at a summer camp next year. I am planning to go to the Camp Recruitment just to see what kind of camp work they have in mind. I also want them to remember me if I show up this time next year wanting a job!
2) Harry Potter
One of my favorite websites to visit every day is The Leaky Cauldron, a Harry Potter weblog that is constantly posting news on the books and the upcoming movie. Today there was a link to a couple of LA Times letters to the editor complaining about the casting for Harry in the movie, scheduled to be released this November. Here are a couple of choice quotes:
Radcliffe looks like a well-fed prep school boy; Harry is skinny to the point of malnutrition! Unimportant quibbles? Not with Chris Columbus as director. Add things up, and I’ll bet we get “Home Alone” with magic wands. Sounds like Rowling sold the “Potter” rights to Voldemort.
I showed my four children the picture of Harry and Hedwig on the front of Calendar and waited for their exclamations of delight. The only response I received was a disgusted, “That is not what Harry’s hair looks like.” I hope the makers of this film are paying attention to detail, because the children certainly are.