Special Whatchamacallit Affectionately Pinned Somewhere
If you’re a Girl Scout, you already know what these are. If you’re not, there is lots of information out there. I wasn’t sure I would bring any SWAPs to Convention. The ones I would bring are fairly small and packable, but the problem is I have no idea what I will get in exchange. I have gotten some SWAPs that were nearly 4″ square! I’m trying to keep my packing fairly light, both coming and going.
But then I went to my Council Delegate Training meeting. And our Council’s History Committee had gone through THOUSANDS of old GSSJC patches, and made up bags of about a hundred each with a nice mixture of patches in them. Apparently, among the adults and delegates, Council patches are swapped more than actual SWAPs. But it has to be patch for patch.
This is a BIG bag. A gallon, packed to the gills. Coming and going.
But then I think about getting 100 patches from different Councils across the country and from around the world. Last Convention, I got patches from the UK and from Japan – and it was cool enough that I remember that off the top of my head. And I think – they would make a really awesome quilt. I should be able to find some Girl Scout fabric at the International Quilt Festival at the end of the month here in town.
But then I wonder should I make my other SWAPs? They are something that seriously could not come from anyone but me this time around – though my girls made them to swap last Convention. Basically, it’s a packet of sugar in a bag. Imperial sugar. Has to be Imperial sugar, because I live within biking distance of the original Imperial Sugar factory and sugar refinery. My city is called “Sugar Land” because it was originally a company town for Imperial.
So what do you think? Should I make the sugar SWAPs? Would YOU want to swap me? Or should I just stick with the patches, since I probably won’t be spending a huge amount of time down in the Hall of Experiences?