In addition, [our queen] finds time to be involved with the Tech Committee, Small Animal Association and Slow Spokes. A member of Whiteford Workers, she excels in communication projects and needlework. Her favorite project area, though, is consumer education, where she won a trophy this week.
"One of the requirements is to go shopping, and I love shopping," she said. "It helps me (discipline) myself to watch my spending on outfits."
She won a trophy in modeling Thursday morning and dressed in a tan-and-white business suit that she also wore to her royalty interview and for the State Award. She also earned sweepstakes at the 2007 fair for her achievement booth, greeting cards, jewelry and countered cross-stitch. She also took part in seven communications projects on the same day last week.
Do you think "consumer education" teaches the 4-H-ers that you don't need all the things "they" tell you you need? Does it help people understand false consciousness and the ways which corporations exploit consumers for fun and profit? Does it teach them to have hobbies that aren't shopping? Does it suggest that the kids "make it do or do without?" I thought not. But she is learning to "watch her spending." I love that. I just imagine her saying, "I'm watching all my money float out of my wallet" while Disney princesses float around her head singing about things she should buy to be popular.
But I digress. What is it this thing they call countered-cross stitch? A prize to the person whose definition makes me laugh out loud.