The Cookie Thief
A woman was waiting at an airport one night,
with several long hours before her flight.
She hunted for a book in the airport shops,
bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.
She was engrossed in her book but happened to see,
that the man sitting beside her, as bold as could be
. . .grabbed a cookie or two from the bag in between,
which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene.
So she munched the cookies and watched the clock,
as the gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock.
She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by,
thinking, “If I wasn’t so nice, I would blacken his eye.”
With each cookie she took, he took one too,
when only one was left, she wondered what he would do.
With a smile on his face, and a nervous laugh,
he took the last cookie and broke it in half.
He offered her half, as he ate the other,
she snatched it from him and thought… oooh, brother.
This guy has some nerve and he’s also rude,
why he didn’t even show any gratitude!
She had never known when she had been so galled,
and sighed with relief when her flight was called.
She gathered her belongings and headed to the gate,
refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate.
She boarded the plane, and sank in her seat,
then she sought her book, which was almost complete.
As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise,
there was her bag of cookies, in front of her eyes.
If mine are here, she moaned in despair,
the others were his, and he tried to share.
Too late to apologize, she realized with grief,
that she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief.
The Cookie Thief, by Valerie Cox, Chicken Soup for the Soul
In life, we invariably get into trouble because of our own assumptions that we take for granted. Maybe we should give others the benefit of the doubt. Maybe others have a good reason to do what they’re doing.
The woman in the poem simply assumed that the cookies were hers, and assumed the man was the culprit—enjoying her cookies without so much as a “May I” or a “Thank you”. She thought he was the cookie thief.
Too often, we are quick to judge based on our assumptions, only to realize that we had hastily jumped to conclusions without any idea of the whole picture.
Things aren’t always the way they appear. There are chances that we’re only seeing one side of things.
Why not keep an open mind?
Why not be a little more kind, a little less judgmental?
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