This year I finally decided that Girl Scouts could fit into Amanda's schedule. With BSF being a weekly commitment, and soccer practice occurring in the Fall and Spring, I always thought that was enough. She's really enjoying it, and I like the activities that they do at their meetings as well. I now wish I had let her do it earlier, since they meet just twice a week right after school (which only requires a pick-up, as opposed to drop-off and pick-up).
To most of you, Girl Scouts equals Girl Scout cookies. Friday was the first day she was allowed to sell, so on Saturday, we hit the streets. Saturday morning we went to the four closest neighbors who we know. Saturday afternoon we walked the block. This activity which granted me a peek into my neighbors' homes left me with some observations as well as some questions for you readers:
1. Apparently here in the Northeast, Saturday is the day to take down your tree. Of the people who invited us to step into the foyer from the cold, at least 75% of them were taking down the tree. I would have thought that last weekend (or even New Year's Day) would have been prime. I wonder if this is a regional difference? What do you think? When do you typically take down your decorations?
2. Although I like the winding roads and longer driveways that we have here in our town, it does make door-to-door solicitation somewhat of a hassle. We walked the mile and a quarter loop, plus a few long driveways and got 8 orders (and asked two others who had already secured their cookies), and that took about an hour and a quarter. We did not stop at all the houses. In fact, one stretch of the road has very long driveways, so we just visited the two homes with kids who are on Amanda's bus.
3. That said, I'm glad that I went out of my comfort zone (literally and figuratively speaking) with Amanda. She was so excited about each order that we received, and it gave us some nice time together. It also reminded that I don't really know my neighbors, and I was kind of glad for the excuse to knock on some doors and chat a little bit (and I might have found two new babysitters who just live across the street and two houses over).
4. And finally, there really isn't a favorite cookie. I would have thought that Thin Mints or my personal favorite, Tagalongs (the chocolate and peanut butter confection), might be clear winners. But so far those two are fairly even with the Samoas (coconut and caramel) and Trefoils (shortbread). What's your favorite?