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Correctly chosen cookies
At the local coffee house-slash-bakery, father and toddler daughter enter. Taking a break from my warmed over cup o Joe and perusal of the newspaper, I observe as the scene unfolds.
An enthusiastic explosion of energy, curls, and exuberant youthfulness (with assistance from Dad), she shoves against the heavy glass door, and tripping over not-yet-fully-coordinated feet, stumbles with breathless anticipation to the bakery display booth, eager to discover this day's doughy fortunes. Nose hard-pressed against the case, splayed fingers smearing glass, her thoughts are as transparent as the window. Will todays selection be the round yellow smiley-face cookie with chocolate-drop eyes and licorice smile or a big, gooey, drippy, jelly-donut? Alas, this day they both shall be relegated to bridesmaid, not bride; her sparkling eyes having locked upon a smiling purple dinosaur cutout cookie with yellow lemony balloon in its doughy paw.
Decisions of such significance require adult confirmation; she glances toward daddy. That one?" he confirms.
A momentary flash of internal reflection crosses her complexion while she analyzes options, finger in her mouth to help the process. Head nodding en-thusiastically, unable to remove her stare from the cookie, she says eagerly, Yes, that one.
Feet now dangling from her over-sized chair, every bite is savored with un-abashed joy. Life is as it should be when one has a purple dinosaur cookie on one's plate. Can any being fairly ask for more than that?
Although more jaded, and having consumed far more meals than this cute youngster with bluish icing now smeared across her chin, I confess that while I do not kick flopping feet with flighty, frantic, exhilaration at the possibility of a T-Rex cookie, I have trouble focusing on my dining companion if the prospect of tiramisu or baked Alaska will bring to a close my repast.
Oft times, I have slogged through diets that punish me with bland, tasteless, textures, resembling packing materials more than foodstuffs. If that is the se-cret to a longer lifespan, I'm not sure it's worth it.
Sacrifice does have value; it strengthens character and teaches patience. How-ever, in all things, balance is key. Experience joy at mealtime. Simply share a few bites with a friend especially if she'll kick her feet and giggle with glee. Besides, it improves the meal
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