Cookies, popcorn, wrapping paper...any PTA, or Scouting parent knows what I'm talking about.
It's called selling people and some of us are not good at it.
I threw out the Sally Foster catalog. Not one, but two (lucky twin mom that I am).
(I know, I just cringed too). My apologies to the other moms, PTA folk, and neighbors who might actually read this blog. I had such great intentions. When the catalog came home I showed the girls the incentives they had for selling the most. They were excited. I was excited. We all had images of iPods dancing around our heads.
And then, what can I say? Life took over. That and the idea of walking door-to-door or even cold calling my mom, aunt, and other family members left me with a terrible taste in my mouth.
Plus, we live in a neighborhood filled with kids who go to the same school. Walking door-to-door is pointless...and, well, awkward. It's happened before with Girl Scouts. We've had several Brownies knock on our door selling cookies and I have to tell them flat out I have 2 Daisys who are trying to meet the quota for the cookie patch. Yes, I'm that direct. It's a tough world people. Better they figure that our now.
Ahaaa! Make a donation!
Today as I was heading into the grocery store there was a cute little group of Cub Scouts selling popcorn and trail mix. Easy enough. Those Boy Scouts don't intimidate me. I can easily say no to those little blue uniforms especially since I only grabbed a $20 and I needed to buy just a few chips and things for our Football Sunday.
But then I saw her. A neighbor, whom I really like, was standing there in the cold supporting her son as he tried to sell trail mix and popcorn in his little blue uniform. How could I blow them off?
Just when I was about to fork over $20 for a bag of nuts, raisins, and M & Ms, a little old lady came by and said, "I don't need the popcorn but I'll make a donation!"
Wait a minute!
You can do that????
I may still toss the fundraising catalogs, but at least my 'no thanks' comes with a small consolation prize.
And take note. Next spring when you see me outside the grocery store with my own Daisy Girl Scouts, "No thank you" IS an option. But "Can I make a donation?" is even better.