Thursday, 26 May 2011

Be Prepared

When I was about seven wanted to marry David Attenborough. Not only did he travel the world he also wore cool clothes and had an aura of complete calm and wisdom and I felt that rather than going to school I'd learn a lot more on our romantic travels around the world. I spent an embarassing amount of my time 'presenting' nature documentaries in my garden, in preparation for our my future presenting nature shows.  We would also live in the prerequisite treehouse with our pet monkey and parrot and live off the land.  I felt that my future would require a swiss army knife to makeshelterand gut fish, but my mum steadfastly refused so I battled grass snakes in my grandparent's garden and covered myself in mud for camouflage, in preparation instead. 

I remember lusting after my friends' yellow and brown Brownies uniforms green eyes flashing. The idea of wearing that uniform now is unappealing but I love older Scouts style.  And it seems I'm not the only one, Virginia Mckenna and Lauren Hutton both seem like the kind of girls who would make really Mrs Attenboroughs good scouts. I don't think there are lion-raising and alligator-wrestling badges but there should be. 

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