I Made Cookies Today

What else would a grandma do a few days before Christmas?

Carol Burt
1 min readDec 19, 2020


So, okay.

I made some friggin’ cookies.

Yeah, I know I told you I hate Christmas,

and I really, really, do.

But what else does someone do

Who has had grandchildren for 18 years?

It’s like a habit.

The kids.

Then the grandchildren.

Oh, Christmas is almost here so I have to make cookies.

I don’t really. Only one grandchild will be here.

And he’s almost 18 and doesn’t care about cookies.

But I like cookies,

And my sweet man likes them more.

So, alright, I made the damn cookies.

It doesn’t mean I like Christmas any better.

At least it’s only a week away,

And then it will be over.

I wrapped some gifts today, too.

What else do you do?

You can’t just ignore the whole mess.

Or, I can’t.

I perform as expected.

By me, I guess.

Someday I’m going to quit performing for myself.



Carol Burt

Former print journalist, former mayor, retired law enforcement officer. Writing about politics and government along with random personal essays.