A Lesson in Reality

My 12-year-old niece is a Girl Scout. Her troop is a very active one here in New Braunfels. The troop leader is a very determined woman who keeps the girls busy with worthwhile goals and activities.

Before school was out in May, the troop leader’s daughter was caught kissing a boy in school and sent to the principal’s office (along with the boy). This was unacceptable behavior, seemingly innocent but inappropriate. Therefore, as the troop was boarding the bus for this summer’s week-long girl scout camp, each girl was given a computerized baby to care for the entire time. It was programmed to cry every 2 hours for a feeding, had to be changed, and would also cry if not held or cared for properly. They could only go swimming or eat or shower, if their babies were asleep and quiet. My niece, a baby lover, said she was the only one who enjoyed camp this year. They all came home exhausted and a bit dirty. It was a well-earned merit badge, as well as a lesson in reality.

This woman is my hero. Actions speak louder than words; realistic consequences speak louder than any threats or scoldings.


About Cyranette

I have been writing since I was 11 and am now a grandmother of 9. Aside from my family, I love writing, reading, movies, gardening, genealogy, and travel. I met my soulmate online and we've been married 19 years. I am a survivor of rape, abuse, and cancer. I believe in love, kindness, and common sense. I was born/raised in Indiana and have lived in Massachusetts, Texas, and California. I have visited: most of the United States, British Columbia, Germany, Austria, and Costa Rica. My husband and I would like to visit England, Europe, and New Zealand and to take a train ride along the Canadian/American border. I have written essays, articles, short stories, a romance novel, a self-help book, and several children's books.
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