I was a 10-year 4-H member. Now, all three of my girls are in 4-H. The 4-H motto is, “To make the best better.” And while that may sound all admirable, it can be a recipe for disaster for anyone who’s a perfectionist to begin with. It can also be a challenge to those who aren’t.
For instance, when you make chocolate chip cookies, have you ever counted the chips in each cookie to make sure they’re consistent? In 4-H, you might just need to do that. If you freeze a container of blueberries, do you make sure that the rows of berries inside a container are lined up? If you sew a seam and it weaves just slightly, do you rip it out over and over again until it is straight as a board?
Yes, 4-H can induce just these types of insanity. But I’ve been gratified to learn that even as a 4-H mom, I’m learning a lot. Here are a few gems from this summer:
- Making fudge in the microwave is easy. And yummy.
- There are a lot of weeds in Indiana, but most of them are not on the required Division I Weeds list. On a related note, bull thistle and musk thistle are very similar. As are henbit and purple deadnettle. And the list goes on …
- It is very hard to glue a bunch of letters absolutely straight onto a poster for a title.
- If you make many posters for 4-H or school projects, you really need a Cricut.
Any former 4-Her’s out there? Let’s have a 4-H memory today.