Once upon a time, in a place called Oceania, there lived a little cook. She was smart, she was beautiful and she waited for the day when she would meet her Handsome Cook Charming.
One day in Cook School, while she was beating her eggs, a very nice boy stopped by her station to say hello. He was so handsome she dropped her bowl of eggs and they splattered all over the floor. The boy helped her pick them up and every day after that he would meet her for coffee at the local Dunkin' Donuts. He made her laugh, and told her she was pretty, he was very handsome and very smart. They fell in love. But one day, the little cook introduced him to her best friend. Soon the little cook wondered why her handsome cook boy wasn't spending as much time with her as he used to. He gave her the excuse he was busy. But it wasn't true. The handsome cook boy was having an affair with the little cook's best friend. The little cook cried for a long time, but then, having graduated from cook school and started a new job, she soon forgot about the handsome cook boy.
At this new job, the little cook learned all about bartending. One day a handsome young man walked into the bar. He paid the little cook compliments, and left an enormous, outrageous tip. The little cook was flabbergasted at that, and went all over town searching for the handsome bar boy. She found him at last, and the two started spending so much time together, all their friends thought they should get married. The little cook thought that was a marvelous idea but the handsome bar boy said no. His mother did not like the little cook, and we all know that handsome bar boys must do as their mother tells them.
As the little cook progressed in her career, one night out with friends, she met a handsome sailor boy. Now some people believe in love at first sight, and the little cook was one of them. The handsome sailor boy was SO handsome he made the little cook's heart beat so fast she thought it would beat right out of her chest. The handsome sailor boy thought she was witty and clever and charming. The little cook adored the handsome sailor boy, but soon the handsome sailor boy began asking the little cook about her passion. She answered, "Well, of course, that's you." And he replied, "No, someTHING you are passionate about?" The little cook couldn't think of anything other than him. The handsome sailor boy's passion was sailing and didn't want to think about love with the little cook, so one day he got on a boat and sailed off to the Keys.
After a long time, the little cook decided she would try something called internet dating. She met a handsome teacher man who said she was wonderful and how he loved her food and he would love her forever, if she would only marry him. The little cook took him home to meet her parents. They thought he was wonderful. The little cook planned their wedding with glee, bought a beautiful gown, booked a restaurant, and had the invitations made up. One day, the little cook overheard a conversation the handsome teacher man was having with his best friend. The friend asked if the handsome teacher was really going to go through with the wedding. The handsome teacher said, "Of course. Once her parents die, she will get all their money and that fabulous beach house. I won't have to work another day in my life." The little cook cried and cried and ran away.
After a very long time, the little cook found herself working at a casino in the far-off land of Nevada. There she dated a lot of nice men, a lot of handsome men, and a lot of okay men. The little cook's heart had been broken one too many times for her to trust herself as far as men were concerned so she kept her secret heart hidden from everyone. Until she met the handsome miner man. They dated, and dated, and dated, and then one magical Christmas Eve he told her he loved her. The little cook was in heaven and her heart blossomed open again. Until one day, the handsome miner man's ex-wife showed up in town. Unfortunately for the little cook, the handsome miner man wanted to get back together with his ex-wife and broke the little cook's heart. So the little cook ran away back home to Oceania.
A long, long time passed. One night as she and her BFF were having a refreshing liquid beverage, a boy from her old high school came into the tavern. He spent time with the little cook and her friend and made them laugh until they cried. He told the little cook he wanted to see her again and again and the little cook said that would be okay. Finally, the little cook began to believe that the high school boy truly loved her. One day, to her complete surprise the little cook found out she was going to have a baby. She knew she would love the baby and she knew she loved the high school boy so she decided to keep it. The little baby was beautiful, everyone said so, and the little cook was so happy she cried. But then, one day, the little cook found out the high school boy had lied to her...about everything. He did not love her, or the baby, he did not own his own construction business, he did not even own the construction truck. He was a professional con man and he only wanted to be with the little cook because she had made so much money cooking. But now she had the baby, the little cook had stopped working and there was no money. He left her and the baby to fend for themselves in the big, cold, world.
The little cook and her little baby went back to her parents beach house where they lived happily for a long time. The little cook did not think about love anymore because she had so many other things to think about. One day, her parents told the little cook that she and her baby would have to leave the beach house and move away to a place called the Piedmont. The little cook cried and cried, she loved the beach house and didn't want to leave it ever but she had no choice. She couldn't find a place for her and the baby and the two dogs and the cat to live. So she packed up all her belongings, the baby, the two dogs and the cat and moved to the Piedmont to be next to her parents who were suddenly very old. The little cook knew it was her responsibility to take care of them for they had taken care of her all their lives. The little cook was miserable. She had no friends, she had no job for no one wanted to hire a little cook from a place called Oceania, and she had no love.
After a long time, the little cook adjusted to her life in the Piedmont. She had finally made one friend, her little baby was in school, and the little cook had written a book. One day, she met a wizard who told her that her handsome Cook Charming was on his way. The little cook laughed in his face. The wizard said, "You will be very surprised when this happens. He is coming from far across the sea. You see, he has been looking for you all his life." And the little cook asked the wizard, "If what you say is true, how will I know this is the Cook Charming I have been waiting for all my life and not just another low-life scumbag who sucks all my love or wants to marry me for my parent's money." And the wizard said, "You must open your heart and not be afraid. He will possess great strength, and fortitude when it comes to loving you. He will also possess a bright gleam in his beautiful green eyes when he looks at you and your lovely daughter. He will have his own job and his own money and his own vehicle. He will love you and care for you and forgive you for not believing him when he tells you he loves you. Know what I say is true." The little cook wanted to believe the wizard so she asked him, "When will he come?" And the wizard replied, "I do not know. I only know he's on his way if you believe."
So the little cook waited....
Happy Valentine's Day!!