(Hmmmm…reminds me of the overflowing box of half-completed Homemaking projects I finally threw away before moving…) All three of my children who are old enough also completed the Gospel in Action Award, which was a separate program for both boys and girls, that focused on more spiritual goals.
I was a lark, bluebird, and seagull just before we became “Lihomas” (Little Home Makers.) I adored my bandalo. Reminds me of a talk Sue Easton Black gave during her brilliant career.I have no idea why the girls’ “fun” event was replaced with one that is meant only to work on the spiritual goal program. (Or in the dicey case of dressing down, “immoral support,” perhaps.And I have less of an idea of why the boys’ “fun” activity (Scouts) is still part of the mix. The modesty issue was a heck of a romp for the mom of a young woman, wasn’t it?!Maybe this was one of the predictors of her later renown as an Education Week and Know Your Religion speaker.It seems to me that the church has always been very much on-the-ball regarding the sorts of things our girls need, to support their growth, given their immediate surroundings.After a series of hilarious phone calls, we’ve finally figured out will descend upon the snow fort village in an attempt to break the record for the World’s Largest Snowball Fight (officially held by the Republic of Korea at 5,387 participants). We must unite as a country in order to beat the Koreans.
But snow day is about much more than just breaking a world record. What if I want to build a snow fort but don’t have a group or enough money? Okay Gangnam, take the record for the most viral video in the world but we’re going to own the world’s largest snowball fight. They’re a classy hotel offering rooms to Snow Day participants for only /night (more than 25% off regular prices! use the promo code “SNOWBALL” and be prepared to show your event ticket at check in. As with any athletic activity, there is always the chance that someone might get hurt. There is a disclaimer and liability waiver that must be filled out before entering the plaza.There will always be a prayerful attempt to balance extrinsic and intrinsic motivation and rewards.I think we moms are always excited to see our kids involved in a pretty structured, well-managed program with peers and leaders they admire and enjoy.It is to be expected that programs will evolve and be administered according to the inspiration of their own moms, leaders, and bishops.Part of the built-in flexibility is a careful eye toward girls who might not enjoy enough resources to maximize the “programs” that come out of Salt Lake.What if I want to donate more to Boys & Girls Clubs of King County? The entire town where it took place has only 50,000 residents. Here is a video of the current world record snowball fight.