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The Cookie Thief

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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 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 ticked 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.

Shine On!

xo

P.S.  Thank you Heather for sharing your cookies with me!

P.P.S.  This is for Iva’s Day 6-7 Birthday Challenge ~ click here to participate!

Dance Like Nobody’s Watching!

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Dance like nobody’s watching; love like you’ve never been hurt.

Sing like nobody’s listening; live like it’s heaven on earth.” –  Mark Twain

I’ve been having a tough time lately.  You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting ~ or maybe you haven’t!  But I think I’m back again.  I had to take a break and just grieve, transition through the rest of the stages of sadness so that I could find freedom again to be me.  With the help of my family, friends, loved ones and you, my dearest blog village (thank you all!), I think…I’m Baaack!

I found the above quote awhile back, had it in my drafts with the ballerina pic (I used to dance ballet for years!) and because it beckoned to me today, here I am!

I’ve been changing a lot lately ~ finding that ol’ spitfire that lurks deep inside.  You know the one that you were before the responsibilities of life began dragging you down.  Before the hustle and bustle of paying bills, worrying about whatever, balancing work, family, marriage and thinking about everyone but yourself.  Do you know what I mean?  Are you with me?

Well, with the beginning of Inner Hotshot University, inner-hotshot-university I began slowly changing ~ stretching out of my comfort zone, trying to eat the frog everyday today-is-your-day and I thought I was doing well until I had a little setback of grief.  a-full-year-of-sadness

Instead of pushing aside the grief and just forging on which I’ve done a thousand times before, I allowed myself to take some time and feel it, be with it and move through it instead of putting it on the back burner to sizzle for another few weeks.  It’s been one of the best decisions of my life!

I feel freer now to be me if that’s possible.  Not that anyone else but me was limiting my life.  Isn’t that a kicker?  I realized that I LIMIT MY LIFE!

Wowza ~ have you ever had that epiphany?  I feel like I just had a V8 ~ including the smacking my own forehead in disbelief!

So today, I want you to enjoy that feeling of freedom with me! 

Take a moment and turn up the radio/stereo/iPod and…

Dance Like Nobody’s Watching!

Doesn’t it feel like freedom?

Shine On!

xo

P.S.  I’m throwing the roses to you!