Kosher Cookies

In a class this past week in which I am the only guy, a non-Jewish woman baked cookies. As she was leaving the house, she thought, hmm, Luke is kosher. He won’t be able to eat these.

So she stopped by a kosher bakery and asked, what in here is kosher?

Everything is kosher, she’s told. So she buys some cookies and brings them in.

We get a writing assignment to eat a cookie and then write what we feel.

I wrote: When I eat a cookie, I feel guilt. I think about my blood sugar level and how close I am to pre-diabetes. I think about my weight, how I am 20 pounds heavier than I’d like. I think about my cholesterol, how my good cholesterol is too low and my bad cholesterol is too high. I think about all the bad things I am doing to myself. I think about how hard I’ve worked to clear them out of my life. I think about the social pressure to conform and to eat a cookie even though I do not want one, even though I just brushed my teeth and chewed some gum, even though I am full. I think about my four recent cavities, my spreading waist, my bouts of the flu. I think about how much nicer the non-kosher cookies seem. I think I am not living my life right.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see Amazon.com). My work has been followed by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com).
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