Now, maybe it’s because I’ve been declining offers more since starting this whole better eating thing, but I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon since I’ve been trying to be really good …people get upset when you don’t want cookies.
You think I’m kidding? I’ve been offered (and politely declined) cookies 4 times (that I can recall off the top of my head, I’m sure there were more) in the last few weeks. Each time when I declined, the person acted all offended and shocked that I didn’t want a cookie. Some of them scoffed, some asked why, one did both and then pouted.
One time it was a cookie I don’t like, another time I knew that the next day would involve eating out at a not so healthy eating establishment, another time I had already had a treat that day and didn’t want another one. (And don’t get me started on the chick who didn’t believe I could have just a bite of Frank’s cookie so I didn’t need my own. Grr.)
I didn’t want a fricken cookie, alright? I realize that my current round shape might indicate that I like cookies (and I do!) but my work pants fitting like cozy pants and the angles that are emerging from the round feel better than the cookies tastes. I’m not even kidding.
Regardless of the why, the fact remained that I didn’t want a cookie and felt insanely guilty that I hadn’t taken one when it was offered. Why can’t people just be ok with me not eating a fricken cookie?
Next time you have a cookie that you’re offering someone and they politely decline, please remember that they’re probably not being polite, they probably just don’t want a cookie. You don’t have to know their reasons or even understand them, you just have to accept them. (You may ask, “Are you sure?” but if they say that they are sure, drop it!)
I apologize to anyone in the past that I pushed a cookie on.