I can recall my childhood days while playing on my street with the other neighborhood kids, there was always “the cat lady” (she must have had 10 cats) or “the car man” (I think he had 10 cars), and at church there was “the candy man” (he gave out candy after church every Sunday). If you were to ask me what any of those people’s true names were today, I couldn’t tell you. Everyone knew them by their unofficially given nicknames.
Little did I know that 30+ years later, I would be called “the cookie lady”! How funny is that? My friends tell me that their kids say, “Mom, get some cookies from your friend, the cookie lady” or people ask them, “Is the cookie lady still making shortbread cookies?” They may not remember my name, but they’ll remember what I do, and I will wear that hat with pride because I will be a memory for many for a very long time.
I envision myself baking shortbread cookies for my future grandchildren and their friends and being remembered for always having “cookies and milk” for whoever comes to my door.
I accept my new title and I am honored to claim it. It puts a smile in my heart.