I was in charge of snack yesterday. I brought bananas and a box of Halloween sugar cookies. Because it's the last meeting before Halloween, I wanted to be festive. But you know what? I kind of got the impression some of the other moms were...less than pleased about the cookies? Maybe I was being paranoid. But some of them were like, loudly, "You can bring that cookie home and have it after dinner."
Good grief, people. I brought bananas. They all happily ate their bananas. Your kid can't have one single cookie at 4:00 in the afternoon at a Girl Scout meeting? I mean, I'm kind of all about healthy snacks. The Princess basically eats nothing between meals but fruit and veggies, period. So I'm ok with a random cookie every now and then at a somewhat special occasion like a Girl Scout meeting.
Does anybody else find it somewhat ironic that cookies are not welcome at a Girl Scout meeting?
Oh, also? This happened:
So. Basically everybody at Girl Scouts is healthier and better-looking than me. Got it.
Also? Richer. OK, we recently moved, and it was kind of an insanely expensive experience fraught with unexpected costs. Then we had to buy 8 new tires because both cars decided to become death traps in the same month. Whatever. These months happen, right? Well, we joined Girl Scouts in the middle of this, and while I'm told Girl Scouts will never cost us a penny ever again, ever, because cookie sales (cookies, people!) are so very lucrative that the Girl Scout experience is self-supporting...there is a little bit of a start-up cost. Registration fee, dues, uniform...all told close to $80. Fine. I get that, things cost money, and I'm fine with it, and we can afford it. Except...um...not this month.
The Girl Scout leader acted basically cool about it. I said I'd pay next month, she didn't give me any grief. But you know, I can pretty much read minds, and I just know she's judging me. My inner monologue is something like this: She thinks I'm lying, she thinks I'm going to keep showing up here with my freeloading kid and our evil unhealthy cookies and soak up the activities and take the patches and never pay a penny. I'm like the Wimpy of the Girl Scouts. And why are these women so pretty?! That one did not give birth to that child. No way. They're all staring at me, they know I haven't paid the dues, and I don't own anything made by Nike, and I never stretch or drink enough water.
|I will gladly pay you Tuesday for character-building enrichment activities today.|
So I sort of sneak out the back door at the end of the meeting, avoiding eye contact. That night I get an email from the leader:
Hey! I forgot to ask you today. Do you have the money for dues, registration, and the tunic? Just let me know what you can do. Thanks!
AAAARRRGH!! The horror. I mean, do you see the judgement in those lines?
Sorry! I meant to talk to you too. [this is a lie]
Ok here's the deal. We just moved to town in August. It turned out to be a very expensive move... lots of unforeseen costs that we're still trying to recover from. I fully intended to pay all of this on October 2nd, then Princess was sick [so we missed that meeting]... and now by this point in the month we're broke again! Ugh. I swear this is not our usual situation. It's just a weird transition period we're in from moving.
So. Payday is the first of the month and I will absolutely pay everything we owe at the next meeting, November 2. Alternatively I'd be happy to give you a check tomorrow postdated for November 1. I'm so so sorry that I can't do better than that right now. It's embarrassing, honestly. Lol. I PROMISE I don't usually do stuff like this. Thank you so much for letting Princess still be part of the group. Once we get past this weirdness we'll be model scouts!
Also- I'm a cake decorator, so I wanted to see if you needed a cake donated for founders day? I could do some kind of girl scout themed sheet cake if you want. Otherwise just put me down for pretzels or fruit, whichever you still need.
Thank you for everything! Princess is a little shy at first but she's loving Daisies and I know she'll open up soon.
Sigh. Ramble much?
And can we just examine that second-to-last paragraph? "I'm a cake decorator, so I wanted to see if you needed a cake donated"??? "I could do some kind of girl scout themed..." WHAT??
People, yes, I have been known to decorate cakes. Wedding cakes, even. But I have formally announced to the world that I am taking a break because between my kids and my job and my house and my writing I just cannot handle it. They became a chore, they became a source of absolute frustration and misery for me. I do not decorate cakes. I hate cakes.
So yeah. "I can decorate a cake for you, for free! Totally! You in no way asked me to do this and I would've been fine just buying a bag of pretzels at the grocery store but let me speak up and volunteer to cover the humiliation of putting my daughter's Girl Scout membership on layaway, OK? Let's just forget that whole money thing and HEY, I'LL MAKE A DESIGNER CUSTOM GIRL SCOUT CAKE FOR YOU!"
So yeah. We're Girl Scouts now. Kind of.