Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-YOU; Now Is That Time When We Look to the Cookie

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-YOU; Now Is That Time When We Look to the Cookie

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Byline: Shannon Banks

It's that time of year when everyone is getting their annual fix on an all-too-familiar addiction.

The objects of this addiction are small and round. They come in various brightly colored boxes. Their names elicit cringes from some, Pavlovian saliva from others and hefty savings account withdrawals from many. I refer, of course, to Girl Scout cookies.

For some people, including myself, the excitement started with a pre-order form. Although I didn't get solicited by any Scouts in my apartment complex, I am lucky enough to work in a corporate environment. It's a safe bet, if you work in a cubicle hive, that at least one employee will dutifully produce an order form on behalf of his or her child.

On the order form, the choices sat glossily at hand in an irresistible array. It's a rush not unlike opening a new season's catalogs, but with much more pressure because this is only a once-a-year opportunity. Yes, everyone knows the cookies freeze well, but I think eating a Girl Scout cookie months later would feel like opening a Christmas present in July. Pleasant, certainly, but just . . . unnatural.

So, which cookie to choose: the ever-popular Samoas? The ageless Thin Mints and Tagalongs? The dunk-friendly Trefoils and Do-si-dos? Or maybe this year's new limited-time offering? I'm surprised I haven't received any e-mail forwards containing a quiz that reveals what my favorite Girl Scout cookie -- Tagalongs-- says about me.

It's a little disheartening after the intense decision-making to face the waiting period before the cookies arrive. Self-doubt begins to creep in: Did I order enough Samoas, knowing there are a lot less of those in a box than Thin Mints? Should I have given those Cafe cookies a chance?

Don't worry, though. Not only does the waiting period fly by, but all those people who missed out on the pre-orders have a shot at redemption: the glorious booth sales. At the booth sales, commonly found outside grocery stores or in churches after services, late-coming cookie fans will find merciful angels in green, brown or blue, brightly piping, ''Would you like to buy a box of Girl Scout cookies? …

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