|A closeup of careworn Abe Lincoln, The Cookie. (CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE.)|
|Laura Van Alystne Rowland poses with the cookie |
in her Lincoln Room.
Collett, a 31-year-old, self-employed testing psychology worker, has a PhD in clinical psychology. She splits time between Salt Lake City and Phoenix. Collett apparently also has a master’s in Oreo Cookie Crafting, which they didn’t offer last century while I attended West Virginia University for 13 years.
“Laura was such a supportive, amazing supervisor at the hospital,” says Collett, “and I was a young buck and knew she loved Lincoln. It was her passion.”
|Tess Collett, "artsy" Lincoln|
“It was like sculpting.”Upon receiving the Lincoln Oreo, Rowland looked at it with "amazement and love," says Collett.
“It was a one-of-a-kind gift for a one-of-a-kind person.”
I recently persuaded Rowland to take the framed Lincoln Oreo on a road trip in the footsteps of the real Lincoln on his early October 1862 journey to the Antietam battlefield. What a treat. The Oreo, which refused an interview request, somehow survived the arduous round trip from Sharpsburg to Frederick, Md. But after examining a closeup photo of her long-ago creation, Collett expressed concern.
"I might have to make her a new one. That thing is really starting to look old."
No one, after all, wants to see a cookie crumble. 😃