Thursday, February 4, 2010
Girl Scouts: Do-gooders Or Saboteurs?
To most people this is a great time of year. You run into the booth in front of the grocery store and pick up a box or two of those world famous Thin Mints and you feel good about your decision. You feel good because not only are those Thin Mints delicious, but the $4 a box is going to a very good organization which teaches values and morals to the young girls of America.
As the father of one of these young girls, I have seen the positive effects that the Girl Scouts of America can have on the lives of these girls. They do things for the community, they go on outings to teach the girls life skills, and everything they do helps to build the self confidence and self esteem.
Here's where The Girl Scouts of America and I have a problem. The estrogen and sugar fueled marketing campaign that is the Girl Scout Cookie Season leaves a trail of failed diets, abandoned workout regiments and overwhelming feelings of guilt in its wake.
About a week ago, I started the P90X challenge as some of you may know. You can call it bad timing if you'd like, but I call it sabotage. A day or two after I started the program, The Boss and daughter come home with a car full of Girl Scout Cookies. You heard me right, A CAR FULL! With my arms hanging from my body like wet noodles and the extreme soreness that engulfed my entire body from the previous night's workout, I helped them unload the boxes of evil deliciousness into the garage. Box after box of Thin Mints, Thanks-A-Lots, Peanut Butter Sandwichs, Shortbread, Peanut Butter Patties and Caramel Delights were simply too much for my will power and self control to handle. Not to mention the big blue eyes, now in puppy dog mode accompanied by the pouty lower lip, "Wont you buy some cookies from me Daddy?" I mean, who are the ad wizards who came up with this perfect scheme? I had no choice, I bought the cookies. I bought 3 boxes and I got my fix. That night, I did an extra set of Feifer scissors to make up for my earlier lack of self control. My P90X friends, you know what I'm talking about. Thanks a lot Girl Scouts of AMERICA!!!