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Itís Girl Scout cookie time, no waiting (02/06/2011)
By Frances Edstrom

I was born too soon! Finally, I get my wish, but I would have enjoyed it more if I had gotten it when I was nine years old ó and then again when I was in my mid-thirties.

We donít have to wait for Girl Scout cookies!

Itís true. It used to be that a Girl Scout would knock on your door in February, show you mouthwatering photos of all the wonderful varieties of Girl Scout cookies ó Thin Mints, Samoas, D-si-dos, Trefoils, Lemon Chalet Cremes, Tagalongs, Dulce de Leche, and Thank U Berry Munch ó and you put in your order. Then as you closed the door, watching the little girl skip down the walk to the house next door, youíd think about the wonderful shortbread, chocolate-covered mints, yummy chewy caramel and coconut, tart cream frosting, until you realized that you wouldnít actually get to taste the cookies until March! It was enough to put a person in a real funk.

Then, when they came in March, youíd vow not to eat them all in one sitting, because it was almost spring (!), which is followed by summer, which is when some people are seen in swimsuits. So, you hide them from yourself (this gets easier as you age) and hide them from your spouse and your kids (this doesnít work because they can smell Girl Scout cookies from ten blocks away).

I used to put them in the freezer to protect them from us. But you know what? Thin MInts taste pretty good frozen, and Samoas are great frozen, too, if you have strong teeth. Pretty soon, all the cookies would be gone, and you could kick your February self for not ordering more.

But now, itís a new age for Girl Scouts. They have the cookies IN THEIR POSSESSION right now. No waiting! Instant gratification! Can you stand it?

I would have loved this new way of selling cookies back during the days when my kids were Girl Scouts. It was always a huge hassle to deliver the cookies, since my kids always wanted to be the one to sell the most cookies. It was worse than having to baby-sit the class rodent who happened to have babies on your watch. Really!

There were hundreds of boxes of cookies all over the house, and people couldnít keep their hands off them. Youíd get them all in neat piles of the correct number for an order, and someone would move them. No one could sit in the living room because their were cookies on every chair and sofa and footstool. The kids couldnít practice piano because the piano bench was loaded with cookies.

It was especially bad the year that youngest daughter lost the sheet with the list of which neighbor bought which cookies. Even I didnít think Iíd be able to eat all those cookies if we couldnít find homes for them. But she was able to reconstruct a list of the neighbors she had sold to, and she just went to their doors and asked what they had ordered. Not one of them had forgotten their order, and they actually began salivating as they wrote out the checks.

But now, through March 20, if you can find a Girl Scout, you can find cookies. Some scouts will be going door to door, but if one doesnít ring your doorbell, there will be cookie booths set up at HyVee on February 18, 19, 25, 26 and March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19. A cookie booth will be at WSU on February 21.



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