It's Wednesday, and in my world, it's called Youth Group Night! My girls are 7th grade girls - 9 of 'em, and last week was our third week meeting together and we hadn't talked about guidlines while we meet together. The group decided on the above guidelines...and it worked pretty smoothly.
Eighteen different times (or eighteen hundred times) various girls would start to tell a random story about: a butterfly, the Jonas Brothers, a classmate, a cousin's girlfriend's great grandmother, a shoelace or another "related" topic to our discussion, but to my surprise (each time!) they'd stop the story, remember the guideline about "don't speak randomly" and they'd say "never mind".
Which reminds me of the time my brother and I used to let caterpillars crawl on us because it was fun. Remember those days? The hot sun, bugs buzzing in the background, the shade of a tree, playing outside all day long....umm... why on earth is there a guideline about talking randomly???
This is the first group I've had in three years that has worked together as a group and supported each other. One week a girl, L., didn't want to sit at our table...even though we made room for her. I asked her to join us. Then the rest of the girls said things like "It's not the same without you!"...."Our circle isn't complete!" "Come sit with us!" And so...L. sat with us.
We were looking for a name for our group so it wasn't just someone saying in a flat voice, "Yeah - the seventh grade girls meet in that room"...now they can shout with enthusiasm, "You're in 7th grade? GREAT! THE SPECIALS MEET IN ROOM 104!!"
We need a name.
Every girl wants to make a sign to put on our door....but signs need names. Suggestions now being gladly accepted below.