Some of my best memories of growing up were of being a part of the Brownies and then Junior Girl Scouts.
I truly recall all the fun after school activities and meetings I attended, where I was taught about how to treat others, as well as being respectful to all. But to be quite honest my favorite part of the year was when we got to sell Girl Scout cookies, which helped gain more badges and prizes for those who sold a certain amount. Yes, was exciting to me back then.
And not going to lie, I have totally consumed my fair share over the years with my favorites being the Samoas with the Thin Mints being a true close second.
When I sold them, it was back in the 1980s. Times were definitely simpler and went door to door peddling these fine traditional American treats.
Once in awhile my dad took the sheet into work to see if his co-workers wanted any by their request, but I swear the brunt of my sales found me on foot around our neighborhood.
One time, I even mistakenly took one of our neighbor’s boyfriends for her housekeeper (It was the 1980s and Who’s The Boss was a hit show), because he answered the door in an apron. I swear to god, my mom and this woman (who was a friend of my mom’s) couldn’t help but laugh and find the humor in this.
But I digress and will say my memories were mostly quite innocent having been a young girl back during a time where cell phones, the internet and social media didn’t exist. The only thing social, we knew was how to play outside and spend hours on end outdoors with our friends.
As a former Girl Scout, I very much also recall being taught that we should do kind things for others and even earning badges for doing things for this general concept.
So when I was on Facebook recently and noticed a trending topic discussing Girl Scout cookies, I clicked to see what it was all about and the article/discussion that followed floored me.
I am not an innocent kid anymore and definitely not naive by any means (and definitely not a saint), but the reason that Girl Scout cookies were trending was still a bit of a shock to my system and when I had time to digest it realized that this just sums up our times I suppose, but still kind of irked me none the less.
See, the story shared was a about a young girl, who’s mother took her to sell Girl Scout cookies outside a place of business of sorts. Again, I have witnessed Girl Scout cookies in recent years being sold out my local supermarket and even in our mall, but this was not a supermarket or a mall that she was selling in front of.
I know the the suspense must be killing you (if you haven’t read about this yet). So where you may ask was she soliciting for cookie sales?
In front of a medicinal cannabis clinic.
Ok, I understand first and foremost these people she are selling to are sick and using drugs to help them to lessen the effects of their illnesses. So, I am not in any way diminishing the reasons for ingesting marijuna (this is not an article for or against its use), but many if not most know that one of the side effects of this drug is to get the so-called munchies or become extra/overly hungry (yes I don’t live under a rock and did try it in the past – but that was then and definitely haven’t done it since I was a college kid, many years ago). Also, note I am not trying to debate the issue of said drug use in the least for this post.
So, back to the issue at hand and these people are suffering, using this drug for medical reasons to help with said illness and then some young kid selling Girl Scout cookies, who could either be looked at either as an intelligent entrepreneur (I am all very business savvy and can totally applaud someone for this) or as a greedy bloodsucking mini mafia type (my husband’s words) taking advantage of the people in a weak moment (but this act could be construed more along these lines to many).
Honestly, I am not sure how to feel about this. Like I said on the one hand I can see the brilliance in her plan to sell extra boxes of cookies, but on the other why not just buy a few extra cases yourself and donate to this clinic or even stand out there and hand them out to these patients to do something kind for those already suffering.Again don’t know this young girl and not sure of her background, but this comes off as greedy and calculated in my humble opinion.
Also, it says so much about or society in this day and age. Every one seems to be out to make a quick, fast buck or get ahead and yet somehow we can all forget the big picture and that is doing something genuinely kind for someone else instead or worrying about profiting from it.
Like I said earlier, I am still so on the fence on this, but the reason I needed to share and possibly vent a bit here was because something about this story just rubbed me the wrong way.
I couldn’t completely put my finger on it and then it dawned on me while I was writing and composing my feelings on this here, what it was – The Girl’s Scouts Creed.
From the first sentence, that states that as a Girl Scout one will try to help people at all times and to be honest and fair, as well as to simply make the world a better place, I knew something didn’t jive with the way this kid was going about selling said cookies.
And I truly don’t think the Girl Scout creed ever would have dreamt to teach young, impressionable girls that selling these cookies meant to somehow profit off the cookies that were being sold to sick and ill people to benefit from this as making the world a better place by any means.
So, in my final assessment, I have to admit I loved being a Girl Scout back in the day and all it stood for, but can admit as proud as I was this truly is not something I can be proud of as a former Girl Scout and as a mom now to two little girls who may very well show interest in being Girl Scouts in the future. Also, I can honestly say that no matter how many extra cookies something like this could potentially be sold to garner them extra badges or prizes, I would never dream of having them sell these cookies like this, by any means.
Just my two cents and can’t help but feel this way, because again as a mother I am always trying to teach my girls right from wrong, as well as to treat others with kindness and respect, too (similar to that of the Girl Scout’s creed). And this I admit just seems so wrong and definitely not the kind, moral or respectful thing to do to those who are indeed suffering or even once again in alignment to the Girl Scout’s creed.
I know in my heart of hearts that there has to be a better answer to this and honestly know this just isn’t it and no amount of convincing me otherwise is going to change my mind now or ever.
And by the way, like I said previously, I still am proud after all these years to say I was a Girl Scout, as well as, still buy my fair share of cookies to support the young, up and coming Girl Scouts happily (just bought some this past week). Because in my eyes, once a Girl Scout always a Girl Scout.J9 Designs for all your web design needs, plus we offer Paypal’s Bill Me Later, too! Also read our latest article on our latest blog transfer and design for My Dishwasher’s Possessed, too here.