That's Not a Cookie


This looks like a broken or half eaten piece of an ordinary cookie right? Wrong, what you see in that precious open hand is selflessness.

“Anna is here in the office and she says she doesn’t feel well. She does not have a fever but she looks miserable.” The school secretary said with very sympathetic words.

“Anna, are you ok? I will be there as soon as I can go back to class for a little bit and see if you feel any better. If not when I get there I will take you home.” I told Anna over the phone.

“Ok mom.” Anna’s replied in a sad sickly puny voice.

As we climbed into the van and she was settled in her seat about to go home to bed, feeling ill with a headache, Anna extended her hand to me with this piece of cookie in it. She said “Mom, we had a birthday in our class this morning and I saved you this piece of my cookie.”

My jaw dropped “Anna that is so selfless of you to think of me when you feel sick. Did you eat the rest of it or were you feeling too ill?”

“My belly doesn’t hurt that bad so I ate all but that piece I wanted to save it for you. I broke it off so you wouldn’t get sick.” Anna said looking a bit pale.

Tears filled my eyes as I took the cookie from her open extended hand and ate it and it was the sweetest cookie I have ever tasted in all my life.

Our children will teach us we just have to be open and willing to learn from them every day.

Copyright 2011 Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp


About Author

Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp is a mother of four children and is married to the love of her life, Aaron. Lori has been writing at her own website Faith Filled Mom. She writes about the journey of faith we live daily and how we can recognize God in this world. She teaches theology at a high school level and is also a current student of Loyola University Extension Program of Ministry earning a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. Her life is busy, exciting, overwhelming at times but always bursting with her faith in God. Lori hopes that you will find something that might touch your heart in her writing so that she can continue to pursue her purpose in life; to bring people closer to God one word, one moment at a time.


  1. Awwww… how sweet is that! Thanks for capturing and sharing that moment with us. These tiny bits of a mom’s day are our “pay” for all the work and love we put into our homes and families. How precious!

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