The Cookie Thief
How many times did it happen to you to know something for sure and to believe that what you knew was the truth, the only truth, the supreme truth and later on to realize how wrong you were?

The Cookie Thief

This beautiful poem of Valerie Cox called The Cookie Thief will most definitely put a smile on your face helping you realize that we might not always be right, and that’s okay.

Enjoy 🙂

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 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.”

~love, Luminita💫


Luminita D. Saviuc

Luminita is the Founder and Editor in Chief of and also the author of 15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy: An Inspiring Guide to Discovering Effortless Joy. For more details check out the 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy Book Page.

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  • jannie

    at 1:02 am

    people who knew me said i have a very sharp memory and if something like this happened tome in the past and i have no recollection of it i pray for God’s forgiveness.
    i have a very touching story to share. December 31, 1030pm me and my husband went to Walgreen to get some batteries. at the cashier in front of me on the line is a young man holding a baby formula trying to use more than one cards to pay for the milk. but i think there was not enough money from the cards, the young man in the 20’s left the milk and walk out of the store.i wanted to pay for the milk but my husband gave me that look. he said i embarrass him when i do that stuff, so we went home.1130 pm i asked my husband to drive me to St. something hospital i have to find the young man i think he works there coz he was wearing the hospital’s security uniform. i told my husband to wait at the truck so he won’t be embarrassed. i went to the security dept. i describe how the young man looks like but i did not say anything about the reason.they page him with his walkie talkie toy, i met him at the hallway and told him i was the next person in line when he was paying the formula milk, i wanted to pay for it but i was worried he might take it in a wrong way. i said i want your baby to have the formula and its a gift for the new year…..the kid hold my hands and kissed them ,he said i thought people like you don’t exist no more, the formula is for the nursery here at the hospital, they run out of supply so we used cards that are donated by companies…………/./.i went back to the car and my husband said..” THIS IS THE LAST TIME I WILL DRIVE YOU FOR STUFF LIKE THIS… i did not tell him what happened…..i just gave him a hug and zipped my mouth :))) have a safe memorial day.

  • Therese

    at 12:45 am

    I always Love that story

  • Cara

    at 7:45 pm

    I believe this story was first attributed to Douglas Adams, the late great author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide “trilogy”. He claimed it happened to him in a train station over a “packet of crisps”. I laugh every time I think of it! Thanks for sharing.