It’s Girl Scout cookie time again, and I greet the season with mixed emotions. I really don’t need any cookies, and I mean REALLY don’t need any cookies. I’m still packing extra weight from the being run over by that suv thing and from the holidays. But it’s Girl Scout (hmmm, maybe like Girl Guides in the UK?) cookie time, and that means that all people regardless of their race, class, religion, or sexual orientation stockpile cookies for the good of our nation’s youth. And because they are easily the best packaged cookies (after perhaps Pepperidge Farm) going.
I was a Girl Scout back in the day, and perhaps I still feel a sistership with the organization (more likely I just like cookies). When I was doing the selling, we would go door to door in pairs. It was horrible. And very time consuming. But fruitful, Girl Scout cookies pry people’s wallets open like little else can. Nowadays, though, little girls knocking on strangers’ doors is bad. Sad, but true, the sexual predators and just plain kooks out there make it very unsafe. Free delivery. Not good in this context. So now the girls are getting smart and twenty-first century about it: they set up tables in the supermarket (my personal fave, as I’m there anyway, buying food), they set up “cookies stands” on the sidewalk and hold up big signs (like lemonade stands, only with cookies, and it’s the scout leaders holding the signs), and they even have websites.
Of course the tried and true, age old method is still in place, the one-two punch of cookie sales. First, the girls eat as many boxes as they can, then when it comes time to ante up and the girls are short, the parents are in the unsavory position of either sending their pig of a daughter to the cookie meeting without enough money to cover unreturned cookies or paying it themselves (the latter is counted on in this method). And second, the girls plead, whine, dance about, beg, cajole, and generally wear down their dads (sometimes moms, but the method is written for dads. hmmm, wonder why?) into taking the order form to work with them and getting all the people there to buy as many boxes as possible. Fool proof stuff. And good for the Girl Scout herself who learns both the power of guilt and the power of a good wheedle. There should be patches for each.
(for example, this Girl Scout may be on her way to find a quiet and remote place where she can scarf down these cookies, and if asked, she would honestly answer that it’s only fair that she try the merchandise so she can best sell it)
Okay, so that’s not true, but Girl Scout cookies ARE good, and they come in all sorts of yummy flavors. I was surprised to learn that in addition to the classic faves, there is also a reduced fat “lemonade” cookie. Interesting, but I’ll stick to the thin mints. Yum.
Some handy links:
To find Girl Scout cookies near you: http://www.girlscouts.org/girlscoutcookies/
For a history of Girl Scout cookies: http://www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_cookies/cookie_history/early_years.asp