Does this sound familiar? You are at some social event. There is a tray of cookies standing on the table with only one single piece remaining; surrounded by crumbs like a Queen Ant encircled by her subjects. Some party attendees sneak a quick glance at it while passing by, but none dares reach out and rescue the biscuit. It is as if the lonely cookie is bound by a spell; that last piece is simply untouchable.
There is, of course, a workaround – the splitting technique. A guest will pass by and, in the most nonchalant way, split the single piece in half, collecting his share for the deed. Now a half biscuit remains alone, and oh, is it lonely at the top… Which brings to mind another scenario. You sit at a restaurant with friends. After a satisfying meal, it is decided that one desert should suffice for all to share. A nice piece of chocolate cake is in order. When it arrives, someone forks a mouthful. Not a moment later, other utensils join the digging expedition. As work proceeds, the desert bleeds its brownish syrup all over the plate. Finally, a small piece remains; one that can no longer be divided. So tiny it is that it puts in question the singularity of the atom. No one touches it. The curse.
An exception to the rule: during children parties, all bets are off. Kids follow one rule and one rule alone: the Cookie Monster principle. If your mouth is not full it is a sure sign you are not having fun.
Learned from: observing the loneliness of a single cookie at a social event.