A few weeks ago, Kaitlyn who is nine, participated in the Dairy Ambassador Program. This is something Kaitlyn has been wanting to do since the time her older sister Rachel participated 3 years ago. Kaitlyn worked really hard to prepare. There was a list of questions that the judges might ask. I helped Kaitlyn decide how best to answer each question, then she practiced and practiced. The evening before the competition, we were driving home from her Orchestra Concert. I tried to remember some of the questions to ask her, so she could practice answering. Well she knew every question and answer! I commented on how well she was doing, and she said, “Mom I have been practicing even in my sleep!”
When a child puts that much effort into something, the mom starts to worry about the feelings that will come if she doesn’t win. At the same time I knew that she had prepared well, and it was out of our hands. I told her to enjoy the day, and if she doesn’t win, she can try again next year.
Well, it turned out that she had a fun time and she also won! So Kaitlyn is one of six new dairy ambassadors. They will enjoy representing and promoting dairy and 4-H throughout this next year by riding in parades, teaching school kids at farm field days, and many more fun activities.