Tonight my six-year-old daughter "bridged" from Daisies to Brownies in Girl Scouts.
This was a pretty casual event that involved an "international dinner" and earning of their final flower petal for their tunics. (I made colcannon, recipe follows.) It was hosted at a member's home and everything took place outside in the scorching June Mid-Atlantic evening. Yay for SPF50.
I was hiding from the sun (I really don't look almost 41 for a reason) and chatting with another mom from the group and had mentioned how my boss is very involved in Cub Scouts and therefore gets filled in on all my Girl Scouting adventures with my kid. The other mom jumps in and starts talking about how Boy Scouts is so much different than Girl Scouts because her son's troupe involves everyone in the family and they all get to go to every event and the Girl Scouts isn't the same.
"But maybe it's the troupe leader."
And that's when my internal monologue kicked into high gear because lets look at some well reported and known differences between the Girl and Boy Scouts.
Girl Scouts... Pro-Choice, LGBTQ inclusive, non-dogmatic regarding "god" in their practice (whatever floats your boat counts).
Boy Scouts... None of the above.
I don't give a shit if I'm the only person in the family that goes to my kid's scouting events... If I end up partnered with a woman, I won't be prevented from volunteering (this is not out of the realm of possibility). If my kid ends up queer, they won't kick her out. If my child starts talking about Odin when the subject of God comes up, that's going to be okay.
So fuck the family bbq with the Boy Scouts. I'll take my Girl Scouts every time.
5lbs Potatoes (Any thin skinned good boiling potato works)
2 Small heads of cabbage
3 Bunches Scallions (Green Onions)
3 Sticks Butter (Or Half Container Earth Balance)
Milk (Or unflavored Soy Milk)
Salt and Pepper
I'm Kirsten. Some things you could label me with; tattooed, geek, mama, animal lover, weirdo, nerd, writer, movie and TV addict, lazy, ambitious, insomniac, feminist, LGBTQ+.