We've worked really hard on Matthew's presentation for RootsTech and I know he has it down, but I've still been a little worried because--for crying out loud--he's only 15, and this would be a lot of pressure for some kids. He is completely unruffled and not nervous at all. But I thought I should get him a little more speaking experience before the big event if I could. And Facebook came to the rescue.
I love the genealogy social networking crowd. And they really came through for me this time. I wrote a post asking if anyone had a youth group or family group that Matthew could practice on last week and several of my friends jumped at the opportunity to have someone young come and speak to their youth. Thank You So Much! We're looking forward to speaking for a couple of groups Sue Bankhead has arranged. She has been so supportive and excited it has made us really excited too.
On Thursday last week my friend Sue Maxwell had us come up to her new Family History Center designed entirely for youth. So Awesome! It has just been set up and they are planning to open it with just youth staffing it in the afternoons and evenings. That is that "youth teaching youth" idea at work. So So Cool! Take a look at the pictures:
I told Matthew I wanted to move closer to that FHC :)
And by the way--someone mentioned on facebook that Matthew was "brainwashed" or being manipulated. Like I said on Facebook, this kid won't do anything he doesn't want to do. Just try making him get off the computer and go to bed. I've thought about that some--with my books and with trying to help people involve their children in family history. It isn't so much about manipulation, as about being a good parent or grandparent. There are lots of things we do to teach our kids how to be happy in life. This is just a really important one.