~A Cookie Story~
 


A young lady was waiting for her flight
in the boarding room of a big airport...

 


As she would need to wait many hours,
she decided to buy a book to spend her time. 
She also bought a packet of cookies.
 


She sat down in an armchair in the VIP room
of the airport to rest and read in peace.
 


Beside the armchair where the packet of
cookies lay, a man sat down in the next seat,
opened his magazine and started reading.
 


When she took out the first cookie,
the man took one also.
She felt irritated but said nothing.

She just thought:
"What a nerve! If I was in the mood
I would punch him for daring!"

 


For each cookie she took, the man took one too.
This was infuriating her
but she didn't want to cause a scene.

 


When only one cookie remained, she thought:
"ah.... What would this abusive man do now?"

Then, the man, taking the last cookie,
divided it into half, giving her one half!

 


Ah! That was too much!
She was much too angry now!

In a huff, she took her book, her things
and stormed to the boarding place.

 


When she sat down in her seat inside the place,
she looked into her purse to take her eyeglasses. 
And, to her surprise, her packet of cookies
was there, untouched, unopened!

 


She felt so ashamed!
She realized that she was wrong....

She had forgotten that her cookies
were kept in her purse.

 


The man had divided his cookies with her,
without feeling angered or bitter....

 


...while she had been very angry, thinking that
she was dividing her cookies with him. 
And now there was no chance to explain herself....
nor to apologize.

 


There are four things that we cannot recover:

 


The stone...
...after the throw!

 


The word....
...after it is said!

 


The occasion...
...after the loss!

 


The time...
...after it is gone!
 


"It is with the heart that one sees rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye."

-Antoine de Saint-Exupery-

Contributed by Atty. Jaytee Pascua
Of Exotic Davao City, Philippines

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