I think we can all agree you aren't a glutton for eating an entire sleeve of Thin Mints as long as you leave two behind.
I pulled the little plastic drawer all the way out of the box. There were two Samoa Girl Scout cookies left. I was just going to have one but worried the cookies would be lonely if I separated them.
"Don't worry, babies," I said. And I ate them both in one bite. Then I closed the drawer.
This is the second year my daughter has sold Girl Scout cookies, and she was excited. Not only do cookie sales support all of the projects and adventures of her troop, but if she sold like a 1,000 cookies, she'd get a key chain or something like that.
When you can directly support the enrichment of girls in the community and eat cookies, it's a pretty easy sell. That's what I learned last year. My role is pretty simple: Post an order sheet at work and wait. It didn't take long to sell a bunch of them. My wife and daughter hit up the neighborhood and family members.
When it came time to order our cookies, my wife, daughters and I huddled around the dining room table and debated the merits of each flavor. It made me think of the paintings I've seen of the Continental Congress arguing over a boycott of British goods and a possible call for American independence. As we ordered, the importance of both moments seemed equal.
My wife and I are firm supporters of Samoa as the best cookie, and we raise our daughters with that central belief.
"Get some Samoas and those peanut butter ones, too," I said as my wife ticked boxes on the order sheet. "No, not those peanut butter ones, the other ones. Actually, get both."
My daughters like the S'mores cookies and the lemon ones. And we all agreed you need Thin Mints to cleanse your palette between cookies. We basically got a box of every type.
When the cookies came, our porch looked like a warehouse. I nudged my daughter and asked if we should ditch the order sheet and just eat all of the cookies ourselves.
I think we can all agree you aren't a glutton for eating an entire sleeve of Thin Mints as long as you leave two cookies behind. It's an unwritten rule of eating too many cookies (or chips). But I could eat a whole sleeve. In fact, Thin Mints should be sold by the arm length like 50/50 tickets at a high school football game.
Generally, we eat well. My wife and I both like to cook and use wholesome ingredients. We stay away from processed foods or snacks with a million ingredients we've never heard of before.
And I exercise a lot. I think I do it less because I'm concerned about my health and more so I don't have to feel guilty when I indulge.
Plus, the majority of the funds raised from cookie sales stays with the local Girl Scout troops to support all of their programming. The group has such a positive effect of the growth of young women, if it means I have to eat a case of cookies, it's worth the sacrifice.
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