The First Hundred

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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Girl Scout Cookies


My brother called last night, selling Girl Scout Cookies. He was actually selling them for six-year-old Abbey, who is just a little shy (at least she is with me).

"May I interest you in some delicious Girl Scout Cookies? Paula (our next oldest sibling) just ordered four boxes."

Not to be outdone, I naturally replied, "Put me down for four, then!"

We chatted a while, and then he had to hang up. The orders were to be handed in at 7:30; he had 45 minutes to go. He was obviously making good use of his time, getting some last-minute orders from his soft-hearted sisters. (Two down, one to go...)

I sat there a minute, then got a strange thought: I wonder if he actually called me first, and is now calling Paula.... 'Karen just ordered four boxes'. I quickly dialed Paula's number and got her voice mail. Hmmm, could be she's on the phone with someone. I left her a message, but was laughing so much I hoped she'd be able to decipher it.

In a few minutes the phone rang. It was Paula, "Hey, Karen, that was pretty funny. But, he did call me first. Now, maybe you or I would've thought of that ploy, but Mark... nah, that would never have crossed his mind." I knew she was right.

This was our little brother; the compliant, easy-going child of our mother's "old age" (41). In his pre-school years he was doted on by three older sisters. Because of lots of good "mothering" (or maybe in spite of it), he grew into a very loving and gentle man. I don't know why I might have thought he would stoop to "deception"....

Unless it's the fact that he's a pretty darn good lawyer.

14 Comments:

  • At 1/31/2006 12:22 PM, Blogger Kc said…

    I suppose he had to learn to negotiate fairly well with three sisters so we'll simply accept that he must be one of the "good" lawyers. ;-)

     
  • At 1/31/2006 1:42 PM, Blogger keesh said…

    That is cute. My Dad is the youngest of 4 as well, and he has all older sister's and he is hte sweetest person I know. Just a gentle spirit. I keep thinking I should give my son a sibling, right now we only have a 3 year old son, but other days we just are undecided about if we want more or not. I love my brother and we are pretty close and I see other siblings and know that as they get older they will too hopefully be friends, so I don't know...I just don't know :). but that was a cute story. thanks!

     
  • At 1/31/2006 5:39 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said…

    I think that a guy surrounded by loving women all his life will grow up to respect women, and also become a wonderful husband.
    I think a guy surrounded by overbearing women grows up disliking women.
    I'm glad your little brother had good big sisters!

    (You should have ordered FIVE boxes!)

     
  • At 1/31/2006 9:25 PM, Blogger Ralph's Homespun Headlines said…

    Ah, girl scout cookies. My wife and I went to one of those health food store and stocked up on all that "good" stuff. Came home, the doorbell rang, and we ordered five boxes of girl scout cookies. Doesn't seem right does it.
    Ralph

     
  • At 1/31/2006 11:22 PM, Blogger Badoozie said…

    is it just that you are the deceptive one? so your mind automatcially deviates to that area?

     
  • At 2/01/2006 12:40 AM, Blogger audrey` said…

    Your brother is so blessed to have you as his sister :)

     
  • At 2/01/2006 1:03 AM, Blogger Jim said…

    We missed our cookies this year. Sounds like you are making up for some of us.
    I doubt your brother is into deception. Good lawyers don't go there.
    ..

     
  • At 2/01/2006 4:09 AM, Blogger Pia said…

    you should have ordered five boxes. hehe...

     
  • At 2/01/2006 6:33 AM, Blogger Corry said…

    Seems like your brother is in touch with his "feminine side" :-)

    If you decide to have a "girl-scout-cookie-party" to get rid of the cookies, count us in, hehe.

    God's Grace.

     
  • At 2/01/2006 3:10 PM, Blogger Jenn said…

    Now I have a craving for those mint girl scout cookies. Those are the best.

     
  • At 2/01/2006 3:17 PM, Blogger uncle joe said…

    You've just given me an idea for a post.
    In other news my daughter sells girl scout cookies and we tried to call but your line was busy..
    Jenn, we will send you a box of thin mints if we have an extra box...

     
  • At 2/02/2006 1:52 PM, Blogger Kristi said…

    I love girl scout cookies. Especially the thin mints and the peanut butter ones!

     
  • At 2/02/2006 9:10 PM, Blogger curious servant said…

    : )

     
  • At 2/07/2006 6:57 PM, Blogger andrĂ© said…

    c'mon Karen... not all lawyers resort to deception. I'm one of those who doesn't. (tax law... never thought I'd work in this field...)

     

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