Yep that was me.....a horribly shy child. Not at home of course there I was extremely outspoken. However when in public around new people I would clam right up. Wouldn't say a word.
Eating out at a restaurant was terrifying when the waitress wanted to take my order. I never would order my own food until I was 11.
When I was 11, Nan (my grandmother) signed my up for an organization called Rainbow Girls. I was always being signed up for something or another so no big deal I'd put on poofy dresses and go to "meetings" where I visited with some friends.
For those of you who have never heard of this organization it is a Masonic affiliated non-profit service organization for girls. They focus on community projects, raising money for worthy causes and help to build self esteem for girls along the way. There is more but that's the jist of it. For more information you can visit their website at: http://www.gorainbow.org/home/home.taf
I had to get over being shy very quickly around this group. I traveled all over the state, stood up in front of others to make speeches and headed committees. I was gently prodded along and praised when I did well.
By the time I was out of Rainbow Girls I was not afraid to speak my mind....or order food. Most of the people who know me now would never believe that at one time I was such a timid little girl. I am thankful for the opportunity and experiences that I gained from being a member.