Oreo cookies in our house are more than a cookie. Those little round cream-filled treats are a small and special sign of my affection for my girls. Since they were little, Oreos have been a favorite of theirs. They love being surprised by what flavor they’ll find in the jar. The originals are a solid bet, but a few harder-to-find flavors, like red velvet or fudge-dipped, get me bonus points. I can always tell which fancy fillings to avoid purchasing again because they remain in the jar for a long time. It doesn’t mean they weren’t appreciated, just that other fillings were more enjoyed. I have learned to skip the white Oreos altogether. Chocolate or nothing. With each cookie they pull out, a handful of my love also comes out of the jar. Not a grand gesture of affection, just a little something that says, “I Love You!”
Oreos and love are a lot alike. Everyone doesn’t appreciate the same kind. You keep trying new ways to love people in your life. Some tactics are just right. Other approaches produce a different level of enthusiasm, but you keep giving. They’ll keep reaching in the cookie jar, not only because they like how you love them, but because they love you too. Be careful to not outdo yourself.
Spoiling my girls has recently been challenged. I surprised them with ice cream sandwich Oreos. Now they prefer those, and the cookie jar doesn’t double as a freezer. Keep your cookie monsters surprised with Oreos and love. Just make sure the way you show your love is sustainable. At the very least, don’t over-promise the best of what you have to offer. I will continue searching for new fillings (https://www.oreo.com/oreo-cookies/oreo-flavors ) and keep the cookie jar and their hearts filled with my love.