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Girl Scouts Hochul

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul greets a group of Girl Scouts at the inaugural Girl Scout Convention on Women's Rights in Seneca Falls in 2017. 

The Citizen file

"They were crying to get out of the jar ... Cookies get claustrophobia too, you know!"

— Charles Schulz

Friends, there is an old song by the Byrds that goes "to everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven." It tells of a moment to mourn, a time to dance and a time to cast away stones. To be honest, I have no idea what casting away stones means, but what I do know is one of the sweetest of all seasons is upon us. I'm talking the cookie season — Girl Scout Cookies in particular.

Once again these motivated munchkins are out selling with their troops — and with them are those treats we all adore. It's almost unfair how tasty these cookies are, because it makes trying to say "no" that more challenging. Call it female empowerment or just good marketing but for the next few weekends you can expect groups of Girl Scouts outside every major retailer as they traffic in Thin Mints and Trefoils.

And you know as well as I that no matter how much they cost we will dig deep in order get our hands on some S'mores. Come to think of it, I've never even really priced the cookies; I just sign a blank check and the girls hand over boxes, which works for me because I don't care about the cost I only care about taste. When it comes to those Savannah Smiles; all I know is that they're delicious, and if putting a second mortgage on my house brings me one step closer to some Do-si-dos then so be it.

Bonus, this year there is a vegan cookie option, which makes no sense but does mean that even hipsters will have no excuse when those girls come-a-knockin'.

Sweet stuff aside, I give real praise to the Girl Scouts, because it's an organization that teaches girls to be strong young women with skills in organization and leadership. Fun fact: did you know the "G.I.R.L." in Girl Scouts actually stands for something? It breaks down to "Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader" all of which come into play when doling out the cases of those sugary snacks. And not only does it help them in the present tense but those skills will follow them throughout their lives and turn will help strengthen our community as well. )And you thought it was just about the cookies.)

So if you need a positive excuse as to why you should forego the diet and pig out on Samoas just say to yourself that you're doing it for the good of future generations as you break open another box. My only complaint is this: why can't they put more into every package? Seriously, who eats two trays and calls it a day? Or, perhaps that's where the real genius lies when it comes to Girl Scouts taking initiative; they always leave the customer wanting more.

Auburn native Bradley Molloy's column appears here each Sunday. He can be reached at