Wednesday, February 25, 2009

good sports for good scouts

On the heels of the post about adults behaving badly, I can offer a bunch of words about adults behaving remarkably well.

For the past two nights, Paige & I did our Girl Scout duty of cookie selling at the nearby Safeway. As we waited for our coordinator to arrive yesterday, another Girl Scout [from a different troop] and her dad pulled up. Though some people might at this moment start singing the Jet Song to mark Cookie Territory and defend their Sales, we all chatted amiably about a mix-up in scheduling before discussing schools and teachers and the merits of sashes vs. vests. When we established that our troop was indeed scheduled to be at that location, Dad & his Girl Scout helped us unload our table & boxes. It was so Afterschool Special, I thought I might cry for the goodness of mankind.

Then, every customer walking in & out of the grocery store was nothing short of delightful and kind (except for the jackass 20something dude who raced his Jeep onto the walkway to drop off his buddy and gave us a "What??" look when we glared from 10 feet away). Did I mention it was approximately 0 degrees both nights? And raining? With a chance of snow? Yet everyone (except Jackass) smiled at our bouncy vibrant dancing-the-chill-away girls. And most people purchased cookies, even after we'd run out of Samoas and Thin Mints and Trefoils.

Goodness. It warmed even my frosty toes.


Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

This post warmed everything except my frosty ten toes and nine toenails.

Anonymous said...

Ellie's troop sold cookies at the hardware store last weekend. The girls had one hour shifts with four girls per shift. They had assigned jobs, which they changed every 15 minutes. Ellie's first job was greeter and she was SO NERVOUS. She relaxed after a few minutes and I was so proud of her.

Ami said...

This is the first time in ten years that I haven't been with my troop, selling cookies, and I have to say, I really don't miss it.

During our time selling, we ran into many wonderful people, though, and very few jerks. It was a mostly positive experience, as was scouting.

Have a thin mint for me. I'm dieting.

Every troop that asks me to buy cookies gets a donation. At the start of cookie season I cash in a 20 at the bank and give a buck to every troop selling. That's more than the profit they make on a box of cookies, I don't gain any weight, and everyone is happy. I even did that when I was a troop leader. Call me a pushover.


Gretchen said...

Girlfriend, I envy your chipper attitude on the cookie sales. They have been nothing short of a NIGHTMARE for us.

Danielle said...

Kind and good people AND cookies? Wow a combination that cannot be beat! Even if it was ass freezing cold.

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

Despite being too cold every time, I've always been surprised how kind customers are; how sweet the girls can be.

You get extra good mommy stars.

Janet said...

such a good mom, the name of the blog is just irony at its finest ;-)

LarryG said...

isn't it always a blend of the good and bad, the simple and complex, the tough times and good times...
thanks for giving in to your positivity!

Alison said...

It's so nice when you encounter good people. It almost makes up for the jackasses.

The Superfluous Blogger said...

I really hate this time of year because
a) I can't get girl scout cookies
b) I really want girl scout cookies
c) Consequently I'm not eating girl scout cookies.

You can see my dilemma.

I took your advice and took the weekend (plus maybe another weekend...?) to regroup. (Best.ever.advice- you rock!) But that is the only clue you get.


Shana said...

Oh drats, we missed all of our troop booth sales while out of town. Woe is me... NOT.

When my grownup daughter was a brownie, I ran a booth sale in the parking lot of Home Depot. I'm talking 1993 or 1994 ish. After we determined that our entire sales demographic was male, I taught the girls the hair flip and giggle sales technique. Our sales were astronomical, but I was ruled to have been undermining the girl power-ness of scouting and was not allowed to run booth sales anymore.

Again, woe was me... not.

shrink on the couch said...

This adult would like to behave badly and eat a whole sleeve of thin mints.

Fantastic Forrest said...

LOVE the link to the Jets song. Isn't the miracle of technology amazing? Your writing is brilliant, of course, but that is the yummy sweet cherry on top.

I just ate your cherry. Ahem, so to speak. I mean I clicked the link.

I am feeling very giddy tonight. All the marble and oysters of today has obviously exhausted my ability to comment rationally.

Girl Child and I have fun selling cookies too. I just wish it wasn't so darned cold out!

Anonymous said...

It never fails that on the some of the coldest nights of the year I see Girl Scouts outside the Blockbuster Video selling cookies. They're good, though. Poor little girls!

brandy101 said...

My daughter had her shift last weekend in the bitter cold outside our very large library.

On her shift NO cookies were sold but I think its because all the popular varieties had already been depleted.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

In my experience people love two things: Girl Scout cookies and adorable little girls in uniforms.


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