Monthly Archives: June 2013

Nothing

I was wondering today if I could write a blog about nothing. Sort of like a Seinfeld episode, which makes me laugh even though I know the entire series is about nothing. But if I keep coming back, watching old reruns (the parking garage, the junior mint, the soup Nazi) there must be something there. What is funny about nothing?

That makes me wonder, what exactly is nothing? Seinfeld is about life in a community of friends. Just the daily stuff. Maybe the daily stuff is nothing. My daily stuff sure seems like nothing. Nothing exciting, nothing special, nothing to write home about.  So, what would I write home about?

I don’t own anything new and shiny, but I bought groceries today. I’m not lounging in a house perched on the cliffs of Santorini, overlooking the Aegean Sea, but I stayed warm and dry last night under my roof during a torrential storm. No one has asked for my expert opinion today, nor have they knocked on my door for an autograph. Turns out I’m not all that. Nothing special there.

But what about how the afternoon sun is lighting up the underside of a million leaves on the Pin Oak tree outside my window? How about the comforting sound of a snoring beagle, sprawled out on the hardwood floor by my feet? Then there is the life-sustaining aroma of coffee in my bluebird mug. The bluebird mug was a gift from my dear friend Evelyn. I think about her every morning while I hold it, waiting in eager anticipation by the expresso machine. I remember her generosity and I’m thankful for her friendship. Is that nothing? I think that must be something.

Perhaps “something” and “nothing” are just words with relative values. I have food in the cupboard, a roof over my head and coffee in my mug. A hound dog.  Just being here is something.  I guess what is important is that I share my daily stuff with someone else, and our collective daily stuff is what we know as “life.” Life in a community. Yes, there is something there.

Troop 40072, Year 1

Our final meeting for 2012-2013 year! We had the whole group — 14 Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors together. We started off by writing notes of support to our sister Girl Scouts in Oklahoma, who just experienced a devastating tornado.

We also discussed the things we liked about this year, what we didn’t like as much, and what we’d like to do next year. Then we celebrated! One of the Daisies’ mom brought a cake! Thank you Nycole! Another made cupcakes for the girls to decorate — one of our favorite things to do. Thank you Kathy!

While we all were sad it was over, we all learned a lot this year. The girls said they would really miss their troop. I will miss them too!

My learning curve has been exceptionally steep and now I really feel ready for next year. That said, I think I’ll really need a co-leader next fall and I’m not sure I’ll find one.

Tell me: Have you had trouble finding a co-leader? How did you find one? What did you do if you couldn’t find one?