Last night's program went swimmingly, and the Powerpoint slideshow was stellar!
Thanks to all of you who sent in photos...they were a hit!
I talked for 2 hours about owls...what they look like, what they eat, where they live, how they see and hear. Man, I would love to be an owl for just 5 minutes.
This was an informal setting, so instead of a captive audience, people came and went. But some folks seemed to be there the entire 2 hours!
The highlight of my evening...well, two:
Cute Little Girl #1: (about 8 years old) Asked me about a hundred questions (good questions, too). Later, after I told her grandmother that we had a budding naturalist on our hands, Cute Little Girl said to me, "When I grow up, I want to do what you do."
*insert Susan's eyes tearing up*
I told her that when she is old enough, we will be waiting for her and we will put her to work.
Cute Little Girls #2 and 3: (about 12 years old) Thanked me for "such an interesting educational program" (That's what they said!) And then asked if they could HUG me.
*insert Susan's eyes tearing up a little more*
Know what the boys in the front row were doing? Laughing loudly and making fart noises.
I've had girls come up to me after programs wanting more information, and I can clearly see the passion and desire for knowledge in their sweet glowing faces. And it just slays me every time.
Here's the post when a young lady made my day with her thoughts on the war between the sexes.
Now, don't get me wrong...men have their place. But history has put men (and boys) in all places at the exclusion of girls and women. That is changing, thank goodness, but for some reason there are still stereotypes. It thrills me to no end to speak to a crowd and see girls making connections, asking questions, getting really into the program.
I think this post was in part inspired by me seeing Mamma Mia today. (Our 8th wedding anniversary is on Sept. 9 and this was the only day we could go out and be alone.) If you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor and go. A great flick to see with your best girl friends (or a showtune loving husband).
There's a scene with the song "Dancing Queen" and all the women on the island joining in. Made me really really look forward to Cape May next month and West Virginia in April.
So, girls....shall we sing "Waterloo" on the porch?