On my way out of the grocery store today, my attention was caught by a man and his two little daughters busy setting up a table to sell Girl Scout cookies. I decided to stop by and buy a box of Tashi’s favorite, Lemonades.
As I handed my ten dollar bill to the older girl, I saw her face lit up. She was all smiles while giving me the box of cookies and waited for her dad to give me my change. I could feel her excitement. Her younger sister who was helping their dad unpack their merchandise was watching us, with a wide grin on her face. I decided to buy another box from her. I told her I wanted those ordinary looking cookies but I don’t know how its called. She looked at her dad. Her dad encouraged her to just say what she wants to tell me. She said, “I think I know what you want and those are called shortbread cookies”. Smart seller. She knows what her customer wants! Their dad told me that for another fifty cents, I can have an additional box of cookies. I gave in and took another box of Lemonades cookies. The little girls were obviously happy on their first sell. They thanked me for buying Girl Scout cookies from them. I told them that I really love their cookies and that I usually buy 10 boxes a year and too bad I didn’t have my checkbook with me that day.
When I got home got and handed Tashi the cookies, he was more creeped out than delighted. He said he just had a dream about the Girl Scout cookies and that the cookies in his dreams were exactly how they looked. In their new packaging! Yeah, that was a little creepy.
I never really paid attention to the boxes or packaging of the cookies before. But since Tashi has mentioned it, I looked at it more closely this time and learned a few new things about the Girl Scout cookies. Aside from how good the cookies taste, I learned that “when a Girl Scout sells you cookies, she’s building a lifetime of skills and confidence. She learns goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—aspects essential to leadership, to success, and to life.”
It was good to know that I just didn’t hand over my money to those girls. It felt good to know that while Tashi and I were enjoying our yummy Girl Scout cookies, we had helped these young entrepreneurs gain a valuable training and experience from running their own cookie business.