Zo's Review of The Cookie Thief by Valerie Cox

Updated: Dec 8, 2020

- Photo Credit: Elated Productions The Cookie Thief - by Valerie Cox “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.” ---------------------------------------- How funny is this story? How mortified would YOU be had this happened to you? This is such a great story, there are many things to gleam from this story, so here are just a few things I gathered... 1. How many times do we point the finger when WE are in fact the perpetrators? This is a lesson in accountability, its a nice reminder to be conscious of our own behavior before we persecute others. I believe Ice Cube said it best when he stated, and I quote "you better check yourself before you wreck yourself".

2. How could have engaging in communication averted this from happening in the first place?

A simple "Hey just I noticed you were wanting some cookies. I am more than willing to share but I do prefer people ask". This is a healthy way to confront someone that gets your needs across, sets a boundary and establishes their needs as well as leaving you open to feedback or a counter point without burning a bridge, looking like a fool or coming off as a psycho. 3. Shift before you create. Rule of thumb I try to live by and I have taught for quite some time is "SBYC." Why? Because hen we shift into a healthy state of mind or frequency of love we tend to make better decisions. When we act from a space of anger (fear) we tend not to, simple as that. Had the lady moved into a space of love aka understanding, patience, sharing, courage, openness to communication she could have avoided becoming the cookie thief in the first place and again would have approached it in a totally different way. Hey who knows, maybe she was single and so was he and they could have had a laugh over it, connected and ended up living happily ever after!? Conflict does not have to be the end of a relationship, it can be a healthy addition to a happy relationship if done proplerly.

A great poem that serves a lot of lessons up in an elegant and entertaining way. I hope you enjoyed this. - Love Z

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