For the past 10+ years or so, I've often put our children to bed with stories of Rainbow the Hippopotamus and her friends Speedy the Giant Sea Turtle and ButterCup the Man Eating Polar Bear (Note: She only eats grown men, not children - so oddly enough, the kids are OK with that). Over the years, these stories have covered everything from Hockey, Flying Airplanes powered by farts (hey, we have 2 boys... don't you judge me!), Flying Kites and everything in between. Since we have adopted, I've had the opportunity to expand the subjects covered. Hopefully the stories always carry a theme of openness and acceptance, hopefully you enjoy this one about Cookies.
Rainbow the Hippopotamus and her good friends Speedy the Giant Sea Turtle and ButterCup the Man Eating Polar bear did EVERYTHING together.
They played Lego together. They played Barbie together. They even brushed their teeth together!
But one day... Rainbow said "I'm bored! Bored bored bored bored BORED! Lets do something fun today. Lets go and help my Mom clean the house!"
Well Speedy looked at ButterCup, and ButterCup looked at Speedy, and they both said "Rainbow that is the CRAZIEST idea EVER!"
Then ButterCup said "Why don't we make COOKIES!"
And Rainbow looked at Speedy, and Speedy looked at Rainbow, and they both said "ButterCup, that is the BEST idea EVER!"
And the three friends jumped up, ran around the house three times, and then went to the kitchen to make the cookies.
Rainbow said "Ok, to make cookies, we need loooooooooots of GRASS!"
"GRASS?!" gasped Speedy and Buttercup!
"Rainbow, everyone knows if you want to make good cookies, you need lots and lots of SEA WEED!" exclaimed Speedy the Giant Sea Turtle.
"Eeeeewwwwwwww!" said ButterCup, "Sea Weed?! Nuh-huh. My family always makes cookies with Seal Blubber! And boy are THEY yummy!"
"SEAL BLUBBER?!" asked Speedy and Rainbow, "ButterCup, THAT is the CRAZIEST idea we have EVER heard!"
Rainbow's Mother walked into the kitchen, "Not everyone likes the same type of cookies. Some people like Grass cookies, some like Sea Weed cookies... and yes, some even like Seal Blubber cookies. Everyone is different, everyone comes from different backgrounds, and so everyone likes different cookies - but they are all yummy. But whether you like Grass cookies, Sea Weed cookies, or Seal Blubber cookies, there is one thing EVERY one loves ... and that is Double Chocolate Chip Caramel Stuffed Cookies!"
Rainbow looked at Speedy, and Speedy looked at ButterCup, and they ALL looked at Rainbows Mom and said "Rainbows Mom, that is the BEST idea we have EVER heard!"
And the three friends ate ALL the cookies! And they all agreed that they were the best cookies ever.
After all, the best cookies are the cookies you share with those you love... even if you are different.