8/14/09 12:08 am - i_bleed_green - Feeling sentimental...
Ahh, wow, it's been a year and a half since I've even signed onto LJ, much less actually POSTED. (Don't think this changes things, Tara!) I was just writing an email and feeling ridiculously sentimental about my 4-H years. Ahhh, wow,
For everyone who's not southern_grace , I'm Shannon, 22 (not 18 as my outdated profile suggests), and a college grad. I did 4-H Horse Project in high school after I got my off-the-track Thoroughbred... Oh, Andy, how I miss you... Yeah, man, I was a complete horse nut until I left for college, so needless to say, Horse Project was my life during my HS years. I always look back on those days as the best in my life. The best friends I've ever had, I've met because of 4-H. Claudia. Dana. Tara. (Yes, you, Tara!)
Given the wisdom of my years, I feel obligated to tell current 4-Hers to enjoy every single second, take lots of pictures, and do every 4-Hey thing you can, while you can. One day, after you've aged-out, you'll look around you and realize that the friends that have stuck by you, the ones that help you through crisis after crisis, were your 4-H buddies. You'll realize that the memories most precious to you are the ones you made at 4-H camp or at Regionals and Nationals. Ahhh... Eastern Nationals, gotta love em! And some day, in the distant future, you may even find yourself sitting in my shoes, grateful to have the opportunity to share your love for 4-H with others, so that perhaps they will appreciate it more than you did.
I still pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my WORLD! 4-H RULES!