During one of the hottest weeks ever here on Iowa, I was sent out on special assignment by the newspaper I work for (that summer job).
Last week, I traveled out to homes or the county fair, interviewed various 4-H families, and wrote up a nice little feature on each one. The paper would then include a full-page spread each day of the week, complete with pictures I'd taken during the interview.
The more interviews I did, the more people I talked to...the more I wanted to enroll my children in 4-H. Why?
1. Most the interviewees were prompt, on time, and very accommodating. While I know this isn't probably a 4-H thing, it was still very refreshing.
2. While not always the most articulate at times, all of the interviewees (ages 7-18) willingly spoke about their projects. And they were always respectful.
3. There was a pervading sense of responsibility among these young people. Many of them were showing livestock, which required waking up early to feed, water, groom, etc. These *are* teenagers, by the way.
4. Many of the interviewees had a sense of humility. They were without the obnoxious attitude of self-entitlement. They understood the meaning of hard work.
There's more, I'm sure, but what parent wouldn't want to enroll their children in a club that easily and naturally promotes the above ideals and attitudes?