GS Cookies

A quick flashback – I loved selling GS cookies in the 50’s and 60’s. Now fast forward to 1988 our daughter is now in scouts and things have changed.

So there I was carting 12 cases of assorted cookies into the house with help from the kids. I had no idea how I would help her sell this many cookies. Yes, the other leader had suggested sending her into the school to sell to my cohorts or we could sign up for times to set up in front of the commissary and PX. However, she forgot to mention that the prime times were already taken. What to do now that we had piled them up inside the door.

Oh, the telephone is ringing! Phones were not used in Germany because they were expensive, this is a story for another time. My immediate reaction was that the call was important but why? My husband had been “in the field” for about ten days and not expected back for two weeks. “In the field” is another story for another time.

I answered. The caller was a neighbor (they had 3 boys) wanting to know if he could pick up a few essentials for Hubby. Yes, would he mind picking up a few boxes of GS cookies too? “Sure, I’ll be by in about 30 minutes.”

Never in my wildest dreams was I expecting my salvation to come to the door that night. Did I mention that I had spent the day with 22 first graders, was sole parenting two, had meal prep, homework and classroom plans to complete before bed that night.
When the neighbor/angel came he took what I had packed for Hubby and then saw the cookies. “How many can I have?” Those were the sweetest words I’d heard in a long time! I said all and we jammed them into the jeep. Away he drove and I dashed back inside on wings.

The next day everyone asked about cookies and I just smiled. No sitting/standing outside the PX or Commissary for this lady. I know they wondered but mum was the word and to my amazement the kids didn’t think anything of it.

Two days before all the soldiers were expected back I received another call. Would it be possible to get more cookies? If you can leave them in Hubby’s office and we’ll take care of everything.

I talked with several teachers who also had Girl Scouts and they agreed to meet me with their cookies. Then I called our troop leader to ask if she had any extras. Yes, several moms had returned cookies because they lived on the economy like us and we couldn’t sell to German neighbors.
The next day after school we all met at the office and unloaded at least 20 more cases. It wasn’t until Hubby returned after supervising the detraining of the equipment (tanks, jeeps, trucks, and men) all night that I knew for certain we had sold all of those cookies. I should say he and other soldiers had sold cookies for the Girl Scouts!!!

To be continued…

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