That takes the biscuit!

That takes the biscuit. Picture of cookies and associated text

A young lady was waiting for her flight in the boarding room of a big airport.

As she would need to wait many hours she decided to buy a book to spend her time. She also bought a packet of cookies.

She sat down in an armchair, in the VIP room of the airport, to rest and read in peace.

Beside the armchair where the packet of cookies lay, a man sat down in the next seat, opened his magazine and started reading.

When she took out the first cookie, the man took one also.

She was irritated by this but said nothing. She just thought to herself, ‘What a nerve! If I was in the mood I would punch him for his daring!’

It then transpired that for each cookie she took, the man took one too.

This was infuriating her but she didn’t want to cause a scene.

This carried on until only one cookie remained. She thought to herself, ‘Ah…now what’s this abusive man going to do next!’

That takes the biscuit. Picture of a man at an airportThe man waited, then to her bewilderment took the last cookie, but he then divided it in half and offered her one half.

That was too much. She was much too angry now! She ignored the offer and in a huff, she took her book, her things and stormed off to the boarding place.

When she sat down in her seat, inside the plane, she looked into her handbag to take out a tissue, and, there to her surprise, was a packet of cookies, untouched, unopened!

She remembered she had put them into her handbag. Now she felt so ashamed! She realised that she was wrong… The man had divided his cookies with her, indeed happily so, and not the other way around.

And now, in flight, there was no chance to explain herself… nor to apologise.

The moral of this story

And the moral of this story!? Well along the lines of ‘things aren’t always what they seem’ and ‘try not to jump to conclusions too quickly – you could be wrong’. But I think you’ll agree there is also a bit of a hint that it’s sometimes ‘better to talk than suffer in silence!’

A FON item

Associated links:

Carl Rogers steps for improving relationships
Think outside the box

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