At first, my daughter behaved as any typical nine-year-old would behave when asked to approach strangers. She was shy and didn't respond to my encouraging nudges. Most of her teammates were eating dinner with their families, so she realized she would initially be doing this on her own. Sensing her hesitation, I started talking with some of the customers about the fundraiser. After overhearing my conversations with several customers, my daughter looked at me and asked if she could talk to the next customer about supporting their team. I gladly stepped aside. I watched her approach a woman and her teenage son, excusing herself as she interrupted their conversation. I heard her explain how the fundraiser works and how their team could benefit when they placed their orders. After that initial interaction, I could see an increase in her confidence. She then talked with a man who appeared to be grabbing dinner on his way home from work. I wasn't the only one to notice. One of her teammate's tapped my daughter on the shoulder and asked if she could help talk to the next customer. Several moments later, another teammate asked if she could join them. Not long thereafter, there were five girls taking turns asking customers to support the team.
On our way home from Chipotle, my daughter and I talked about the evening. I asked her what she liked and didn't like about the event. She told me she liked when her teammates joined her when talking with the customers. We discussed how her experience selling Girl Scout cookies helped her help the team. I made sure to point out that the lessons she is learning as a Girl Scout will be valuable to her throughout her life.
Selling cookies is demanding from the perspective of the troop's Cookie Parent, the Troop Leaders, and the adults helping the girls at home. That all aside, I couldn't ignore my observations that night at Chipotle. It was clear that all of the work has been worth it, and I wanted to share the story on this blog. It's exciting to watch blossoming leaders step into action--whether it's a girl in your troop, a girl on the softball team, or your own daughter. The girls in our troop have come a long way over the past five years. I invite you to scroll through the links under the "Cookies!" tab in the left margin and read about our experiences with the Cookie Sale through the years. As always, thank you for reading!