100_1083edit1   In the cabinet in our dining area, on the bottom shelf, way over to the left, there is a friend of mine from childhood I’d like for you to meet.  

100_1081edit1   Here.  I’ll open the door so you can see her better.  I never knew her name, but her and I were very “close” anyway, and I always thought of her as “Cookie”. 

Part of the reason I was so fond of Cookie was because she smelled sooo good.  Remember when you were a child, the ladies who always smelled of some wonderful perfume?  I especially enjoyed being around them.  And Cookie’s  “perfume” was the most intoxicating of them all! 

They say, of all your senses, the sense of smell has the best memory, and I believe that.  Because when I look at Cookie, I can vividly remember her unforgettable scent.  

And, the other thing I remember about her is that she always had a little treat tucked away for me!  What child doesn’t love someone who  gives them something whenever they’re together?! 

 100_1082edit1    I remember all the times that Cookie, with Mama’s help, treated me to the best cookies in the world, especially the big, soft oatmeal raisin cookies … I can so clearly picture having warm cookies and a cold glass of milk at Mama’s kitchen table.

Cookie is retired now.  She hasn’t “worked” in years.  But, she has certainly earned the retirement she is enjoying in the china cabinet. 

And, when I look at her now, the memories are what surround her, just as the scent of fresh-baked cookies once did.

13 Responses to Cookie

  1. Linda says:

    Very well written, Sandy. I feel like I was there. And Cookie is indeed charming, even without the fragrance of fresh-baked cookies.

  2. Beth says:

    What a treasure!!

    I have to ask, because I just know you’ll have a good answer–why is the top shelf of the china cabinet empty?

  3. Sam says:

    Hey Sandy. Wanted you to know that you’re my “Saturday Selection” tomorrow! Sam

  4. Sandra says:

    Linda — Thank you.

    Beth — Yes, she is a treasure. Re. the shelves, there are only two glass shelves and I think I remember when I spaced them out evenly it made the things on the top shelf not very handy and also not very see-able or dust-able! But, this picture does make me realize that it looks like an empty shelf up there. I need to think of a solution for that. Maybe have another shelf made to put up there and then think of some things to display on it that are just to look at and aren’t terrible dust collectors. Any ideas?

  5. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Sam! That’s very nice of you.

  6. Hilary says:

    I love this post – but of course I love just about all of your posts.

    Cookie reminds me of the cookie jar that my mother kept on her counter. It was around before I ever existed and once my mother passed away, I noticed that my sister has it in her own kitchen now.

    Less than ten years ago, I attended a Saturday morning yard sale and saw my childhood cookie jar on a table, selling for only $1. So now my sister and I both have one. Despite mine not being the original, it’s still a most prized possession.

    Thanks for evoking that memory with your Cookie. 🙂

  7. What a great post idea! For me, it was a koala bear cookie jar at grandma’s house. Cookie jars are timeless treasures…

  8. chrissy says:

    isn’t it funny how a picture or a thing can make you smell what you smelled before!!! Love this post.
    Love the way you make my mind reel and animate what you are posting!

  9. Cheryl says:

    Sandy…put two of your larger plates up on the top and just a few glasses randomly placed and add some greenery.
    “Cookie” is so great!!!

  10. Cathy says:

    Our Cookie jar as a child was in the shape of an apple. My dad used it for his outstanding bills because its lid had broken years before. I can never remember it even used as an actual cookie jar! But we still called it the cookie jar. “Cathy, go get the gas bill from the cookie jar” for example. My dad reached for it several years ago and brought it out and it broke to pieces so he used a 3# Peanut Butter jar for several years; then one of my nephews made him a new cookie jar to keep the bills in! It was just too much of a tradition to not have the bills container in the shape of a cookie jar! I love memories!!!

  11. Danielle says:

    Awwwwwwww thats a beatiful cookie jar…you should fill her up and use her again….

  12. Chourou says:

    What a nice story!
    Cookie has already ritired? Not yet. It appeared me she is going now as a symbol of the happiness of you and your familly, keeping any kind of evil things away from you!

  13. Sandra says:

    Hilary — What are the chances that you would find another one just like the original! That is wonderful! There really is something special about cookie jars, isn’t there. Thank you for all your encouragement, Hilary. 🙂

    HPKT — Grandma’s and cookie jars … like sugar and cream … always found together! 🙂

    Chrissy — It makes me feel so good that sometimes I can draw you a mental picture that you enjoy! 🙂

    Cheryl — Problem is … there isn’t a shelf up there! I’m thinking now that I’ll see if Hubby can put some stuff up in the top so that I can HANG some wine glasses, to kind of fill the space. There’s a light up there, so I’m not sure if it can be done, but if it can, he’ll find a way!

    Cathy — I love your story. I wonder how many other uses people have found for cookie jars? Thanks for sharing such a great story.

    Danielle — I would, except that I just don’t dare make cookies regularly — we like them too much!

    Chourou — Thank you for such happy thoughts!

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