A Heart that Cares
By MaryAnn Gardner
I met a new friend yesterday. Her name is
Mary Grace. She is a young Girl Scout. When she and her mother walked up to my house they
noticed critter tracks in the snow outside the front door. Upon examination Mary Grace
believes they were probably made by a raccoon.
"I love nature,"
Mary Grace said. We talked a little about wildlife we had seen in the area and how the
building boom had uprooted many creatures from their habitat. I told her about the deer
family who passed through our property during the clearing of the pasture land for the new
housing development across the road from my house, and about the coyote that was on our
patio one evening last summer. I forgot to tell them about the wild turkeys down where the
road bends by the river. Mary Graces mother was as enthusiastic about discussing
nature as was her daughter. Somehow, I suspect, they will discover those wild turkeys all
We only spoke for a few moments so I dont know if Mary Graces mother is
involved in the leadership of her daughters troop. I hope so. She demonstrates some
of the most important attributes of a Scouter. Her eyes and her heart are open to the
world surrounding her and especially to the potential in the child in her care. And, as I
watched her bend down to get a closer look at the raccoon tracks and point out something
special about them, her enthusiasm and hands-on involvement lit up her daughters
eyes and her imagination.
Enjoy your Scouting, Mary Grace. It has a world of wonder and adventure waiting for
you. If she isnt involved already, bring Mom along. She will love it!
Oh, one more thingwhen the time comes I will probably order the Thin Mints and
A Scouter has a mind that
understands, and a heart that cares.
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