Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bobwhite Spend the Nights


I believe in every group of friends there is a natural assignment of position that defines your importance to the group. It is what allows girls to set aside their tendencies to be self centered in favor of "One for all, all for one."


My roll as oldest Bobwhite was that of organizing our activities for our Spend the Nights. From Living Room Olympics to Murder in the Dark, Telephone to Light as a Feather, I could be counted on to fill our every spare moment with some form of adventure that always dissolved  into fits of laughter.


Tall Skinny Sister and her Short Skinny Sister could be counted on for Food and Boy Updates respectively. We didn't know how much food we could eat if not encouraged by Liz and her ability to cook like a mother. No Cheeze Curls for this group, she was making Nachos before they even had a name! Ginny, the most social of our group and popular in school, new who was seen holding hands with whom in the hallways of our school. We looked to her for expert assessment of situations that had the potential of resulting in actual kissing.


Only Child Girl was the serious one in our group who made us care about the world in which we lived. It is because of her that we all participated in our country's first ever Earth Day hauling my brother's wagon door to door collecting newspaper for recycling. She kept us updated on all the endangered species of the world and didn't rest until we each wore copper bracelets of a missing Vietnam Veteran.


 I often will make my little craft room characters in groups of four or five as a reminder of the bond of friendship that became the touchstone of my own being. It is remarkable to me that we truly did stay true to our assigned positions determined on our Bobwhite Spend the Nights.

12 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great tribute to the Bobwhites, Elizabeth! It sounds like you had a great group of girls!

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

I remember Light As A Feather and I had a MIA bracelet. Wish I kept it!
Always enjoy your posts.
Warmly,
deb

Joanne said...

What a wonderful post! and what a great tribute to your friends.
Blessings, Joanne

Patti said...

You were a dear friend to those around you from the beginning! Blessings to you Elizabeth!

Sandy said...

Go Bobwhites!!!! These little guys are sooo cute! :):) Sandy

Jenny's Heart said...

Light as a feather! I hadn't thought of that in years. What great memories of your sleepovers.
I love to come here Mrs.A your characters and you always make my heart smile. I needed that today.
X's & O's
Jenny

Ina said...

lovely, again. ;0

annemarie said...

Love the ornaments - so cute.

My Vintage Mending said...

I wish the girls these days would turn their electronics off and use their imagination...Sleepovers without movies and t.v.'s were all we ever had and they were so much fun. Beautiful ornaments...

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Love, love, love this story. And looooove the adorable characters you made and photographed here.
Thinking about going down memory lane...I'll just bet you get a kick out of my latest Post. ;-)
xoxo,
Mary Lou

tammyCA said...

The "ornies" are so cute with so much personality, too.
Oh, man I remember Light as a feather at our church sleepover...it freaked me out. I had never heard of it - one of the mom leaders was the volunteer and to this day I still can't explain it...it was dark, all us girls had 2 fingers under her, but all I remember was she was lifted very high and I was freaked...I think we all were, but the mom didn't seem to realize anything?!

Carey said...

Lovely post! Hope you are having a great summer.
Love,
Carey