My daughter, 12, has been a Girl Scout since she was in the second grade.
She’s a pro at selling Girl Scout cookies by now.
However, this year her troop set a lofty goal: each Scout should sell 90 boxes. I think in the past the most she sold was 60-70, and that was with the generous help of one of my coworkers who buys 20 boxes each year for her extended family.
So my daughter set out further than ever before in our neighborhood to reach her goal and sell those Girl Scout cookies.
Good for her.
And I went with her for safety. Turns out I also went with her for entertainment, as selling girl scout cookies in my neighborhood is a hoot.
The door locker
Barely 10 houses away from home, my daughter rang a doorbell and waited.
Nobody seemed to be home. But then she and I heard a loud, distinctive “click”.
Yup, our neighbor had just turned the deadbolt on his door to keep us from invading his home, er, selling him Girl Scout cookies.
No, he never answered the door.
The clueless husbands
At not one, but TWO separate homes, my daughter was greeted by the man of the house.
Who then proceeded to tell her that his wife buys the cookies, he doesn’t know what she buys, and could you come back later when his wife is home?
I don’t mean to be judgmental, but shouldn’t a man be able to get $5 out of his wallet and buy some Thin Mints without his significant other’s oversight?
The neighborhood nationalist
“Do you live in this neighborhood?” was the first thing one neighbor said, forcefully, when my child asked if she would like to buy Girl Scout cookies.
Um, yes, she does.
But what if she didn’t? What if she was some entrepreneurial twelve-year-old from a different neighborhood out hustling to reach her goal? Who cares? Do you want some Doh-si-dos or not?
She bought a box. Maybe because we live in the neighborhood.
The good neighbors
Finally, a shout out to everyone in the neighborhood who did buy Girl Scout cookies. There were even people who bought a box or two even if they already bought from a niece or family friend.
To all you customers, thanks!