When I was in first through sixth grade, I faithfully attended G.A.s at my church. G.A. stands for Girls in Action, and I believe it is limited to the Baptist denomination. I don't know what the real purpose of G.A.s was supposed to be, but it seemed to exist to inform young girls about missions and mission work. Perhaps it was supposed to be a junior WMU?
When I was in G.A.s, we all had a red and yellow sash with the G.A. emblem on it. We could complete projects and workbooks in order to receive badges to put onto the sash. Similar to the Girl Scouts, but not as fun. For one of my projects, I had to learn about a custom from another country and then re-enact the custom for the other G.A.s. I happened to remember that a friend in school had an authentic kimono from Okinawa, so I opted to learn a Japanese tea ceremony. You know me - any excuse to dress up!
It took a while to figure out how to get into the outfit. I am in 4th grade in this picture, and you can see that the outfit is just a little too long for me, but not too much! I don't remember a thing about the tea ceremony except that I was terrified that I'd spill some tea on the outfit. I didn't - and I sure hated to give the outfit back!
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