With a meticulous eye for detail, I inspected their ranks and kindled distant memories. However, a sense of self-imposed discipline brought me back to the present, and I realized that these were little girls, not U.S. Marines.
Straighten up! Face forward! Focus! These were gentle reminders as I prepared the color guard of Girl Scout Cadet Troop 899 and frantically wiped the remnants of chocolate pudding from noses and lips. I should have heeded Kaitzer’s advice, “Don’t give them pudding for snack.”
Simone Puglia, troop adjutant, commanded; “Color Guard! A-tennn-hut! Advance!” The Scouts descend the aisles carrying the American flag with the pomp and circumstance of the presidential guard. La Cañada’s 2010 Bronze, Silver and Gold Award Ceremony was underway.