From Tagalongs to Do-si-dos, my life selling Girl Scout cookies


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Kaitlyn Neel

It may not be Christmas or my birthday, but Girl Scout cookie season is one of my favorite times of the year.

Starting in February and lasting for a few months, Girl Scout cookies were all I could think about for the past eight years of my life.

I started in Girl Scouts as a Daisy and worked my way up through Brownies, Juniors, Cadets, Ambassadors, and Seniors.(There are almost as many ranks as there are cookies.)

During my career as a Girl Scout, I have sold thousands of boxes of these addictive cookies. In my Daisy and Brownie years, my goal was to sell enough cookies for the “big prize,” which was usually a laptop computer, camera, or digital toy. I would calculate how many boxes of cookies I needed to sell in order to obtain this prize, then call everyone I knew and ask them to buy a box.

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I would always fall short of my goal, which was usually in the thousands, and end up with a T-shirt or something anticlimactic.

Some of my favorite memories are standing outside of Kroger with my table of cookies,  eagerly trying to get shoppers to buy my cookies. I found when I was younger, the sales pitch was easier. Because who can say no to a cute little girl, right?

As I got older my enthusiasm outside of Kroger dwindled … and so did my sales.

Soon, my goal was to sell enough to pay for our end-of-the-year trip. I usually met this goal, but with a lot of struggle and effort.

Along with school and friendships, selling cookies became less important to me. Now,  as a 16-year-old in high school, I am glad I no longer am required to sell Girl Scout cookies, although many of my long-time customers are not happy about it.

Even though I no longer sell cookies, I love going to Kroger and seeing the little girls making their pitches for Thin Mints and Tagalongs.

And now I always buy a box or two because I have been there and done that.