Scott ‘Cosmo Boy’ Brown may brag about his NRA credentials, but Elizabeth Warren has mad knife skills:
… I really, really didn’t want to arm twelve little girls with knives, particularly when a couple of the girls were fairly excitable. But I couldn’t deny the girls’ argument that the safe use of a knife was a basic cooking skill, and they all absolutely, positively promised to be responsible, calm and careful. So I agreed. The hardest part was borrowing extra paring knives from all the neighbors with the explanation that I wanted to give them to children.
The big day came, and we drilled on the basics: how to walk with a knife (at your side, never in front of you), how to hold a knife for cutting, and how to care for a cutting board. We successfully cut bananas with table knives, bread with serrated knives, and — the pinnacle — we cut celery, tomatoes, and green peppers with sharp paring knives, and best of all, without injury.
I don’t know if these girls graduated to fancier knife work, but I do know that they learned friendship, leadership and fun. Even now, I sometimes think of the rules of knife use — and I miss my Brownies….
Well, it made me laugh. Yes, I was a Brownie once, and a Junior Scout too, although I was never very good at group participation projects. And while Juliette Gordon Low (good Suthrun lady that she was) doesn’t seem to have been much of a suffragette, her very public activism despite significant hearing loss made her a disability rights activist by the standards of her era.
Apart from celebrating a hundred years of proto-female empowerment, what’s on the agenda for the upcoming week?