The Gratitude Filled Cookie Thief

This short poem always reminds me to have gratitude and to never forget that there is always a story that you may not know.

Gratitude-CookieThe 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 tick
ed 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.

I am filled with gratitude for this poem written by Valerie Cox. What a great reminder to never take anything for granted, always watch your own actions, and to realize that you may not know the whole story, so try not to judge others.

Be Well.
The Gratitude Guru


  1. Judy Ondov Nordell on October 11, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Hello – One of my favorite quotes is from C.S.Lewis – “We read to know we are not alone.”
    Reading your ‘gratitude’ quotes makes me very grateful that there are others to share with and many lessons we all need to learn. I am not alone.
    God bless you as you continue to make us grateful.

    • Paul on October 11, 2010 at 10:30 am

      @Judy – Thanks, Judy! Glad you found us! One point of clarification – I do not make you grateful. I may help bring out your gratitude, but YOU are the one doing the great work by being grateful! And because of that, I say, Thank You!

  2. Marie on October 11, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Thanks for the reminder that my anger doesn’t really hurt anyone but me. That was a lesson a long time coming. I may be entitled to my anger but why would I want to stay in that negative place.

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