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Molloy: Just add some milk

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Girl Scouts from Troop 51133 celebrate the kick off of the 100th anniversary of cookie sales in Morgantown, W.Va.

“C is for cookie, that's good enough for me.”

— Cookie Monster

Friends, if you're anything like me, then you may be starting to think the world is about to come to a grinding halt.

Seems each day over the past few weeks has brought us more bad news than good. There's been marches and protests, grand speeches and little information. At times it's hard to tell the truth from fiction — and in some cases it can be both. Read: alternate facts.

But just when things are looking their darkest, a light shines to brighten our days, and I am here to say that it is more wondrous than ever before. Of course I'm speaking of this year's Girl Scout cookie catalog! Like an old friend, you haven't seen in ages it greets you with it's Shortbreads and Savannah Smiles.

There are still the Thin Mints, which have never let us down in times of want, and the Tagalongs that have put more smiles on faces than a dentist working overtime. With Lemonades, Caramel deLites and Do-si-dos the whole gang's here. They've even upped the ante with a s'mores selection.

Sure I've been working out and eating healthier than ever before, but those little boxes of sugary temptation are calling out to me and as I take the form I start checking off items as though my life depended on it. It may sound nuts to be this relieved to see those tweens in green, but those girls with their wide-eyed innocence makes you feel that perhaps the world isn't that bad after all. I mean here are our future leaders standing right in front of us and all they want is to sell some cookies. What could be more wholesome than that?

Maybe it's a marketing ploy, but either way, whatever they're selling I'm buying. Put me down for half a dozen. Yes, I may have just paid too much for a snack, but these treats reward you in so many ways.

First, when you open the box and enjoy that initial bite — and then again when you pop in that last morsel and read the side panel to learn that a serving size was just two cookies and you just polished off seven helpings in a span of 20 minutes.

Seriously, is there anyone out there who eats just two and calls it a day? There must have been a typo at the box factory, because what kind of sick and twisted person stops at just two cookies? I mean, two cookies isn't enough to justify the tall glass of milk for dunking.

Yes, gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins but so is stinginess; or at least it should be. So now I wait. And in the meantime I'll dream of the first bite to the last and know that no matter how much bad news comes my way a sweet reward will be soon to follow.

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

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