The stranger and the ginger nut biscuits story……… from my never ending notebook and my everlasting pencil.
Today’s story made me laugh when I first came across it and is an urban legend dating back at least 30 years.
At the airport after a tiring business trip a lady’s return flight was delayed.
She went to the airport shop, bought a book, a coffee and a small packet containing five gingernut biscuits.
The airport was crowded and she found a seat in the lounge, next to a stranger. After a few minutes’ reading she became absorbed in her book. She took a biscuit from the packet and began to drink her coffee.
To her great surprise, the stranger in the next seat calmly took one of the biscuits and ate it. Stunned, she couldn’t bring herself to say anything, nor even to look at the stranger. Nervously she continued reading. After a few minutes she slowly picked up and ate the third biscuit.
Incredibly, the stranger took the fourth gingernut and ate it, then to the woman’s amazement; he picked up the packet and offered her the last biscuit. This being too much to tolerate, the lady angrily picked up her belongings, gave the stranger an indignant scowl and marched off to the boarding gate, where her flight was now ready.
Flustered and enraged, she reached inside her bag for her boarding ticket, and found her unopened packet of gingernuts…..!
• What’s this story got to teach you today about your parenting?
• When do you make assumptions with your partner, teenager or child too quickly?
• How can you remember to think before you act?
• How can you remember to look at family situations from different perspectives regularly?
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Sue Atkins is a Parenting Expert who offers practical guidance for bringing up happy, confident, well behaved children. She is also the author of “Raising Happy Children for Dummies” one in the famous black and yellow series published worldwide and the highly acclaimed Parenting Made Easy CDs. She regularly appears on BBC Breakfast and The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 and her parenting articles are published all over the world.
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