REMEMBERING HELEN BOYD
Her name was Helen Boyd. She was the leader of the Girls Guild program at First Baptist Church in Turlock, CA where I grew up. She is in heaven now, but as I was reading Kansas Bob post on giving thanks each day in November, I wanted to give thanks for this dear woman who probably had more influence as an adult mentor than anyone else, apart from my parents. I wish I had a picture of her, but the feeling I got from this picture at googleimages.com reminds me of the love I had for this dear lady.
She was a godly woman, who loved the Lord and loved to have fun. We met once a week and many of the things she taught us girls have stuck with me all these years. Some were manners, how to set a proper table, respecting people and their things. She taught us basis in cooking, and sewing. How to be a gift giver. She was there for questions and problems Junior High girls face then and today.
We had sleep overs, made chili beans and bread sticks, and then laughed till we cried when some let a "toot" in the night.
One of the lessons I will never forget is the "Needle and Thread" illustration. She had us girls all sit in chairs. Then she began to teach us about how young ladies sit. She had us hold up a pretend needle and pretend thread. First we threaded the needle, next step was to pretend to put it in the side of our knee and pull it through, proceed to put it through the other knee. Pulling the imaginary thread tight, we were instructed to tie a good strong knot! Now of course our feet were crossed and our knees tight together. Then she said with a smile "Girls this is the proper way for a young lady to sit, and as long as your knees are together ~~~you can't get in trouble!"
Somewhere in the middle of all that fun, Mrs. Boyd was able to teach valuable moral and spiritual things to us from the Bible without it being boring or unattainable.
We certainly need more Mrs. Boyd's in our modern world where there is so little black and white and so many grey areas. I will be eternally grateful for the impact she has had in my life.
Do you have someone who made a difference in yours?