On the First Day of Creation, the Keebler Elves Gave to Me


by Natalie Overstreet


	"In the beginning the Elves created the Tree. And the Tree was empty and 
	hollow, and cold inside. And the Elves said, Let there be heat: and there was 
	heat. And the Elves saw the heat, that it was 375 degrees Fahrenheit or 
	190 degrees Celsius: and the Elves divided the heat from the rest of the 
	Tree. And the Elves called the heat Fire, and the Tree they called Home. And 
	there was dough, and there were cookies: the first snack." 

	"And the Elves said, Let there be an axe, to divide the wood from the wood. 
	And the Elves made the axe, and divided the wood from the wood: and it was 
	so. And the Elves called the wood Fuel. And there was dough, and there were 
	cookies: the second snack." 

	"And the Elves said: Let the heat within the Tree be kept in one place, and 
	let floor space appear: and it was so. And the Elves called the floor space 
	Kitchen; and the gathering of the heat called they Oven: and the Elves saw 
	that it had preheated. And the Elves said, Let the kitchen bring forth dough, 
	the workers yielding labor, and the chocolate chips yielding fat after its 
	kind, whose calories are in itself, upon the hearth: and it was so. And the 
	kitchen brought forth dough, and workers yielding labor after their kind, 
	and the chocolate chips yielding fat, whose calories were in itself, after 
	its kind: and the Elves saw that it was yummy. And there was dough, and there 
	were cookies: the third snack." 

	"And the Elves said, Let there be brands in the Tree to divide the crackers 
	from the cookies; and let them be for marketers, and for wholesalers, and for 
	retailers, and consumers: and let them be for sweets in the hollowness of the 
	Tree to give obesity upon the earth: and it was so. And the Elves made two 
	great brands; the greater brand to rule the cookie market, and the lesser 
	brand to rule the cracker market: they made other brands also. And the Elves 
	set them on the supermarket shelves to give obesity upon the earth. And to 
	rule over the cookie and cracker markets, and to divide the one from the 
	other: and the Elves saw that it was profitable. And there was dough, and 
	there were cookies: the fourth snack." 

	"And the Elves said, Let the oven bring forth abundantly the many items that 
	hath fat, and cookies that may induce sugar highs in the open forum of the 
	free market. And the Elves created great pie crusts, and every filling item 
	that hath fat, which the oven brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and 
	every sugary cookie after its kind: and the Elves saw that it was dominant. 
	And the Elves blessed their creation, saying, Be profitable, and fattening, 
	and fill the airwaves on the television, and let sugar multiply in the 
	hyperactive. And there was dough, and there were cookies: the fifth snack." 

	"And the Elves said, Let the earth bring forth the living consumer after his 
	kind, children, and couch potato, and every thing that muncheth upon the 
	earth after his kind: and it was so. And the Elves made the munchers of 
	snacks after his kind, and children after their kind, and every thing that 
	lieth like a slug in front of the tube after his kind: and the Elves saw that 
	it had potential. And the Elves said, Let us make cartoons in our image, 
	after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the wholesaler of the 
	warehouse, and over the retailer of the supermarket, and over the customers, 
	and over all the earth, and over every couch potato that vegetateth upon the 
	earth. So the Elves created cartoons in their own image, in the image of the 
	Elves created they them; static and animated created they them. And the Elves 
	blessed them, and the Elves said unto them, Be popular, and multiply, and 
	saturate the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the wholesaler of 
	the warehouse, and over the retailer of the supermarket, and over every 
	couch potato that vegetateth upon the earth. And the Elves said, Behold, we 
	have given you every kitchen bearing dough, which is upon the screen of all 
	the earth, and every chocolate chip, in which is the fat of a chip yielding 
	calories; to you it shall be for profit. And to every consumer of the earth, 
	and to every retailer of the product, and to every thing that vegetateth upon 
	the earth, wherein there is a market, I have given all fresh dough for 
	profit: and it was so. And the Elves saw everything that they had made, and, 
	behold, it would ensure a secure retirement. And there was dough, and there 
	were cookies: the sixth snack." 

	"Thus the Tree and the marketplace were finished, and all the host of them. 
	And during the seventh snack the Elves ended their work which they had made; 
	and they rested during the seventh snack from all their work which they had 
	made. And the Elves blessed the seventh snack, and fortified it: because that 
	during it they had rested from all their work which the Elves created and 
	made." 








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