Today I received a handwritten note in my mailbox:
"Hi, Sarah. We have your cookies. Call us at 867-5309."
Yes, it's one of the three signs of spring: crocuses, robins, and ransom notes from Girl Scouts. They made me an offer I couldn't refuse... THIN MINTS!
I love Girl Scout Cookies, especially thin mints. Eating them brings back nice warm, fuzzy memories. I used to devour full sleeves of thin mints with my mom. I assume we also shared them with my brother, but I don't recall being all that into sharing when it came to thin mints. (Sorry, brother!)
These cookies are a memory food for me -- you know, one of those foods that brings a whole string of associated memories. Girl Scout cookies remind me of being in the Girl Scouts and of camping. I was a Brownie in elementary school, and our biggest activity was the annual camping trip. S'mores. Sit-upons. Scavenger breakfasts... I'm sure other troops actually scavenged through the forest for breakfast, but our version of scavenger breakfast was to search for little cereal boxes that the grown-ups had hidden in the trees. The coup was finding the box of Fruit Loops.
Fruit Loops carry their own set of memories. Growing up we weren't allowed to have any cereal where the first ingredient was sugar, so that meant Fruit Loops were right out since sugar is pretty much the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth ingredient. So of course in college, I ate Fruit Loops at nearly every meal. Yes, I was quite the rebel.
Other big memory foods for me are fresh raspberries (we used to have a raspberry patch in our backyard) and havarti cheese melted on pita bread (my mom used to make it as a special snack or party appetizer). What are your memory foods?
I'm happy to say that I paid the ransom and now have my three boxes of thin mints. So now it's officially spring.
Happy spring, everyone!