I love Girl Scout Cookies.
Thin Mints are my JAM! I could eat a sleeve in under 30 seconds, easy. Those suckers melt in your mouth, yo! We also enjoy Savannah Smiles and Tag-a-longs in this house. And I’ll buy them every single time they’re being sold. I’ll buy them from friends whose children are in the organization, or I’ll buy them from a booth in front of a store. Or both.
(Okay, always both.)
I don’t care about their politics. Maybe that’s because I’m pretty flippin’ liberal when it comes to just about everything in life. I have friends and family who disagree with me on this, and that’s fine. It’s one of the beautiful things about life – We can all disagree.
But the reality of the situation is that the girls in the Girl Scout organization aren’t in it for politics. They’re in it to learn. They’re in it to better themselves and their communities. That’s something that shouldn’t be discouraged, it should be celebrated!
Unfortunately that’s not always the case. I’d like to share with you my friend’s experience from a few weeks ago:
“On Sunday, my daughter’s troop was selling Girl Scout Cookies outside of a store. When a man approached the door, the girls politely asked him, ‘Would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?’ His response was, ‘No, I don’t support abortion.’“
My friend followed this fella into the store, and she let him know how disgusting his behavior was.
And really, could it be any more inappropriate to say something like that to a child? Would he also tell a cheerleader who might be selling chocolate bars as a fundraiser for her program that he won’t purchase because he can’t stand the obvious lesbian undertones and subliminal messages of the Egyptian government displayed when the girls support each other in the shape of a pyramid?
Because honestly, that’s just as ludicrous as telling a 7-year old that you won’t buy cookies from her because you don’t support abortion. She doesn’t “support abortion” either. As a 7-year old child she probably didn’t even know what abortion was! But she will now, thanks to him.
If you disagree with the politics at the top of the Girl Scout organization, that’s fine. And certainly, you don’t have to support them financially by buying the cookies. But you also don’t have to crush a child, introduce them to concepts they don’t know and possibly aren’t mature enough to understand even when it is explained to them, and make yourself look like a complete ass in the process. In fact, if you come across some of these adorable girls somewhere, and you’re not interested in purchasing for WHATEVER reason, how about you just smile and say, “No, thank you.”
They’re working for something, learning important skills and independence, and they don’t need some random person’s fears and inadequacies put on their shoulders or in their heads.
“No, thank you.” The end.