“…I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” (Jeremiah 29:11 MSG)
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 shop,
Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.
She was engrossed in her book but happened to see
That the man beside her as bold as could be
Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag between—
Which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene.
She munched cookies and watched the clock,
As this gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock.
She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by,
Thinking “If I wasn’t so nice I’d blacken his eye!”
With each cookie she took, he took one too!
And when only one was left, she wondered what he’d 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 “Oh 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 for the gate,
Refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate.
She boarded the plane and sank in her seat,
Then 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 with despair,
“Then 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!
From “A Story of Wrong Perceptions” by Valerie Cox (appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, edited by Jack Canfield)