I thought this was good . . . .

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Registered: 05-02-2003
I thought this was good . . . .
Thu, 07-03-2003 - 12:27pm
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 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... ooh, 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 many times have we absolutely known

that something was a certain way, only to discover

later that what we believed to be true...was not?

"Always, Keep An Open Mind And An Open

Heart, Because You Just Never Know..."


Best Always,


Sherrie Rainbow

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Registered: 05-02-2003
Thu, 07-03-2003 - 12:41pm
I especially liked the last lines -- "Always, Keep An Open Mind And An Open

Heart, Because You Just Never Know..."

Those words are very meaningful to me because Sean reminded me not so long ago that I often do close my mind in some of our interactions. We were at a gas station, I'd filled the tank and we were getting a couple small snack things before heading home. We were waiting in the checkout line; after he'd asked for a couple other things which I'd refused to purchase, he asked for a quarter. I assumed that he wanted to use it on the gumball machine close by. I started to chew him out a bit, reminding him that I'd already said no to a couple other requests; he waited patiently until I finished. When I was done, he pointed to a can I had missed with a description of a missing boy and asking for donations to aid in the search for him. Sean told me he wanted to put some money into the can, he didn't have any of his own money with him, as he remembered what it was like not to have a home and he wanted this boy to be as lucky as he was to have a good home. Needless to say, I felt very small and was nearly in tears. I also gave Sean $1 (all I had in cash) to put into the can. Everytime I start to jump to a conclusion about the motives behind his requests, I remind myself of this story and ask that simple question - why are you asking for {whatever}?

Best Always,


Sherrie Rainbow

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Thu, 07-03-2003 - 4:11pm
Thanks for posting this reminder, and adding your story to it. I am *very* guilty of jumping to conclusions, and have to remind myself to take a deep breath and find out the real story.



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