The perfect cookie

March 1, 2020 - 12:00am -- Living City

The perfect cookie
Children across the country and around the world learn the Gospel-based Art of Loving through the Cube of Love  program. Here’s how Bia, 7, of Hyde Park, New York lived “Be the first to love.”

It was an afternoon after school. We were going to have a children’s party, and we thought of baking cookies to give to everyone.

But when I arrived to bake, I was really sad. At school, I had scratched my friend Jeff with a pencil. But it was an accident! He was so mad at me he said, “You’re not my friend anymore.” I cried.

So when we were starting to bake the cookies, the others asked me what was wrong. I shared what happened. They told me to pray for him and that they were sorry, too, that it happened.

Then I went to Andrea, my mom’s friend, and I asked her, “Can I make a cookie for Jeff?”

“Sure,” Andrea said.

“But I need the letter ‘J’ cookie cutter shape,” I said.

We didn’t have letters, so I got the cookie cutter that was shaped like a stocking. I just fixed the top so it looked like a J.  It was nighttime when we finished. I counted that I had made 5–6 cookies in all. They looked and tasted good.

The next day I brought the cookie to Jeff. He just said, “I’m sorry.” He happily took the cookie and said that he would eat it with his family. I felt good because I knew I had made them to do an act of love.

- Bia Messias, Hyde Park, NY