Julie and Beth Nelson are lifelong friends.
Note: Story and photos submitted for "Growing Up in Edina: A Show and Tell Exhibit" that opens Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Edina History Museum.
By Julie Reid Bliss
I loved being a part our Brownie and Girl Scout troops at Highlands Elementary School. Our meetings were right away after school in the cafeteria, and we were allowed to wear our uniforms to school, which was a big treat, and made us feel so important!
I remember having our “fly up” ceremony on a spring day. It was a big deal to leave being a Brownie behind and become a Girl Scout. We walked across a small bridge and had a lovely little ceremony in the back yard of another girl’s house. My “big sister,” who acted as our guide for the ceremony, was my best friend Beth Nelson (now Gibbs) and that meant so much to me. To this day, she’s my dearest friend and my daughter’s godmother.
We earned a special badge (right) in 1976 for making a cradle and blanket for the Art Godfrey House in St. Anthony Falls, which was being restored at the time. My mother, Elie Reid, had been involved with the restoration through her membership with The Woman’s Club and our troop was able to help with this small contribution.
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