mid 16th century (as an adjective): from French uniforme or Latin uniformis (see uni-form). Sense 1 of the noun dates from the mid 18th century.


I was a Brownie in the early 1950’s.  I don’t remember a lot about it, really,  but I do remember thinking it was very cool to have a uniform and to wear it to school whenever there was a Brownie meeting afterward.  We all liked the beanie, too.  Can’t imagine girls today wearing this:

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I was chosen to be the secretary of our troop.  That meant I got to do my favorite thing–write!  I kept incredibly detailed notes of our meetings; far more, I’m sure, than was ever required 🙂

It was only that one year, and then we moved to Oregon and the Brownie thing never came up again. But I do remember being proud to wear a uniform that identified me with this group.

I should add here that I’ve missed doing this prompt for nearly two weeks.  Severe back issues again, and no energy to do anything I didn’t absolutely have to do.  On the road to recovery, I hope, and trying to get back into my normal routine.

RDP: Uniform


9 thoughts on “Brownies

  1. I think the Scouts, Guides, and Brownies did really great things for children. Not sure if they’re still going or not — we’re too out of that stage. 🙂
    I’ve missed your cheery posts. Good wishes and prayers for continued improvement. Take care, dear friend.

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    1. Thanks, Christine. Scouts etc. still strong here, but lots of controversy over keeping them exclusive to boys or girls, no homosexual leaders, no pledge to the flag, and so on. All the truly trivial stuff that we argue about here in the USA while there’s an invasion attempt going on every single day.

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    1. Thank you, Victoria. I’d heard of Camp Fire Girls, but only Brownies was available to my school. I think they taught wonderful skills and good moral principles, at least when I was a kid.


    1. Yes, there is certainly some muscle reaction. Unfortunately, though, it’s more about crumbly bones, stenosis, herniated discs. I’ve inherited my mom’s lower back. Very thankful for the pain treatments available now that were not available for her.


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