I decided to take this advice to heart for two events that don't make me smile. In fact they're something I dread. At the beginning of every school year I put these two dates in my calendar and then I try not to think about them too much until the moment they are upon me.
Then, unprepared and stressed out, I run around the house like a crazy person trying to get organized for the ordeal.
What are these two dates?
They are the two Girl Scout meetings I lead every year. My daughter's troop is a co-op, which means all the moms take turns leading. This is great, wonderful, phenomonal...until it's my turn. My problem isn't exactly with the meetings. Wait, actually it is!
Here's the thing. I'm not a Girl Scout. I don't know how to tie knots or pitch tents. I'm not outdoorsy, I can't sew and crafting is one of my biggest guilty unpleasures. Umm, yes, I realize I've just admitted to being absolutely useless in the zombie apocolypse but let's ignore that!
In years past I've had the "pleasure" of leading fourteen first grade girls through a yoga class.
Me: Girls, stop talking and clear your mind
Child #1 (shrieking): I can't! I can't! I don't know what you mean!!
I've helped put together an exhibit about Kenya that required me to be up until midnight cutting out pieces of paper for the Kenyan flag and I've been a chaperone on a trip to an indoor water park.
Me (over-and-over): Where is Non-Swimmer Girl? Who's her buddy? Girls! Stick Together!! PLEASE, Remember your buddy system!!
Girls: AIIIIYYYAWER (which is the sound of them running around, ignoring the buddy system and screaming unintelligibly over the sound of BreakNeck Falls).
That's the background. Now here's the issue. Every year it seems like the Girl Scout Council has something new and "fun" up their sleeves. This year it's Junior Tent Camp.
Junior Tent Camp is an overnight outing that takes place somewhere in the wilderness in April. That's right! April! We live in Oregon. An Oregon April is rainy and cold, which is why Junior Tent Camp is affectionately referred to as Junior Drench Camp.
The girls are expected to do everything for themselves at Junior Drench Camp. Which means that this year's meetings are devoted solely to the purpose of turning a group of nine year olds into self-sufficient campers.
Tomorrow, I discuss my fake it 'til you make it strategy and how I'm going to apply it to Junior Drench Camp.