The Cookie Thief

04 Sep
self examination....

self examination….

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”

~by Valerie Cox~

Fell in love with this poem the moment I heard it. I asked my daughter what she thought it meant….she said “We should examine ourselves first before judging others” 🙂 Pretty much!!!

Have a great weekend!! Blessings always.



Posted by on September 4, 2015 in Daily Inspiration, Forgiveness


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5 responses to “The Cookie Thief

  1. Grace Esedeke

    September 4, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    This is a very important lesson we must learn and practice. Sometimes we are very quick to judge other people without examining ourselves, that we could be the ones in the wrong. I have read this poem before, and always imagined what could have happened if the lady acted up, you know, like yelling at the man or something.

    One the other way round, I see the man displayed a characteristic I feel we Christians should have.– the ability to love without to stopping to ask if they deserve it or if they are loving us back and then giving–ability to share without expecting anything in return (be it appreciation or same measure of gift).
    Thanks Jc for sharing this beautiful poem with us.

    • JC

      September 5, 2015 at 2:37 am

      I totally agree!! I am glad she didn’t act up 🙂 I can relate to that feeling when you realize you were the one in the wrong and never get a chance to go back and apologize. But just make sure to check yourself first next time….

      He exemplified a Christ-like behavior that we all should, even when sharing cookies 😉
      Thanks for the comment..
      Blessings 🙂

  2. Wendy L. Macdonald

    September 7, 2015 at 4:06 am

    JC, thanks for sharing the poem. It made me smile—and think. Lovely picture.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

    • JC

      September 7, 2015 at 7:22 am

      Thanks Wendy… made me smile as well. I always love beautiful stories that sneak up on you with a profound message 😉

  3. nopew

    September 17, 2015 at 3:23 am

    It’s been awhile since I read this, and it’s good to do it again. It would pay great dividends if people of faith would inquire after the full story (as much as a human can gather it) before making a conclusion. It is sad that Balaam’s donkey had more sense than some people, and did right even under such abuse!


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