Submitted by Girl Scout Volunteer Amy Thach
“I’ve been thinking a lot about friendship and digital devices lately. Granted, it’s because I am a college professor who is constantly catching my students on them in class. So many of the digital devices that supposedly connect us are leaving many of us, myself included, feeling a bit disconnected. I notice this as there is much less chatter amongst my students. Online relationships, though they can be enjoyable, cannot replace real, live, in-person connection. There is just something magical about being physically present with another human being.
This is where Girl Scout cookies come in. My daughter, Kate, had an impressive goal of selling 750 cookies this year to raise money for her San Francisco bridging trip. She was 16 boxes shy of meeting her goal. This is where her good friend, Zaleeya, stepped in. Since Zaleeya had already reached her goal, she supported Kate by going with her to a booth sale. Zaleeya was physically present for Kate, and helped her exceed selling 750 boxes!
I think we can all agree there is something magical about Girl Scout cookies. Beyond that, they can spawn wonderful relationships. And no, there is not – and I can’t imagine there ever will be – an app for that.”