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And Then, There It Was (standard:humor, 908 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: May 09 2022Views/Reads: 161/73Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Having a giving attitude is one of the most important aspects of the Christian life.

In getting older, I have discovered, I pay a little more attention to my
dietary habits. Or, maybe I should say, The Gracious Mistress of the 
Parsonage pays more attention to my dietary habits. 

As we get older, she is more obsessed with vegetables than anything
else. But, for the life of me, I cannot figure out exactly why. 

With a close handle on my diet, she leads the way in what she refers to
as "A healthy diet." 

Being married as long as I have, I have learned to go along with the
program from the kitchen. I like what someone once said, "Do you want 
to be right or happy?" Obviously, you can't be both; you have to choose 
one or the other. 

As obsessed as The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is with
vegetables, particularly green vegetables, she has the opposite view 
when it comes to cookies. Cookies are not necessarily a "no-no," but 
they are under her strict supervision. 

Several times a week, she will give me a cookie. As she gives it to me,
she will say, "One is enough." 

I usually respond by saying, "One more is never enough." 

I laugh while she just stares at me. I must say I have never eaten a
cookie I did not like. I am especially partial to Girl Scout cookies. I 
usually tell my wife that buying a Girl Scout cookie goes for a very 
good cause. I don't tell her, but I'm not thinking about the Girl 

If the Girl Scouts are selling cookies, those cookies must be good for
you. After all, they wouldn't sell anything bad for you, would they? My 
wife never has an answer to that question. 

Things turned around just last week. 

I was taking some things to the trashcan, and as I put in something, I
noticed a receipt from the grocery store. I'm always interested to see 
how much she's spending and how much she's saving. So I pulled out the 
receipt and found that she had spent $45, but she saved $48. I'm not 
quite sure how she does that or how that works, but I leave that 
responsibility to her. 

I was about to throw it back into the trashcan when I noticed something
on the receipt. There were boxes of cookies on her receipt that she had 
purchased that day. I think it was something like six boxes. 

So, as I was thinking, those cookies must be somewhere in the house.
That receipt was dated several days ago, and so was a recent purchase. 
Where are those cookies? 

The kitchen area is my wife's responsibility, and she has it very well
organized. I can't find anything, but she can always. I was beginning 
to think that there were boxes of cookies somewhere in this kitchen 
area. If I could find just one box of cookies, I could eat one or two 
or three behind her back and her not knowing it. 

She was away for the afternoon, and so I spent the time looking all
through the kitchen for where she might hide those cookies. If I did 
not know there were cookies there, I would not even begin to look. But 
my curiosity, not to mention my appetite, got the best of me, and I 
wanted to find them. 

For the first hour and ½, I searched everywhere and could not come up
with one box of cookies. I knew they had to be somewhere right in front 
of me, but I couldn't find them for the life of me. 

Then it occurred to me. I'm a little over 1 foot taller than my wife.
That got me thinking that perhaps those cookies are closer to the floor 
than I was looking. So I got on my hands and knees and opened up one of 
the doors at the bottom of the cabinet. I searched through that and 
then went to the next and then to the next. 

Then, much to my dietary delight, I found a stack of cookie boxes way in

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