So my son, a webelo scout this year, is out in the neighborhood, right now, selling popcorn for their annual fundraiser.
Poor kid. I think selling popcorn for $9, the cheapest -- for a couple handfuls of caramel corn -- is a tough sell, I don't care how cute he looks in his plaid hat. Yet, people, God bless 'em, buy the stuff.
So a note of thanks to the buyers of all these somewhat useless and very overpriced items . . .
Blessed are the buyers of the $20 tins of flavored popcorn, the $10 rolls of reversible wrapping paper (And, really, what is the purpose of this? You can only show one side of wrapping paper at a time! For that amount of money, I would rather have two rolls of one-sided wrapping paper.), the $14 tubs of cookie dough, and the $7 boxes of mediocre cookies. From one consumer to another . . . we both know you are not getting what you've paid for. But from the parent of a hard-selling little scout, thanks . . . with your good-natured purchase of a highly overpriced item, you are keeping the faith of a still-innocent little boy and you are restoring mine.
Despite my occasional flushes of worry and doubt, people are still mostly kind and good.