Monday, May 4, 2009

Fortune cookies

The last several days I've had a lot of "interesting" things happen. All are things that could be explained by mere coincidence, but they could be something else too depending on how you look at it. For example, today, I had a the door open to the backyard for the dogs, and a bird flew in. It circled around for a moment, enough for Tovah to notice and look up, and then it flew out. I've had birds fly in before, but it is fairly rare.

Then, yesterday, I met with my friend K. We hung out at the mall, talked, and had dinner at the Asian Buffet. Neither she nor her husband wanted their fortune cookies, so I took one. My first fortune was the bottom one in the photo.

K. and I laughed about this, because of our conversation literally right before dinner. Unfortunately, I can't go into details about the conversation, but it is really a BIG thing for me.

When I got home, I decided for the heck of it to open the other two fortune cookies. Those were the first two in the photo. I told K. about this as well, and she just giggled.

Truly, I'm not some person who believes you can make symbolism out of every single thing. Heck, most fortune cookies have no relation to you whatsoever. I always remember the one my father got once which read 60% cotton, 40% rayon. WTF was that supposed to mean? Seriously, my theory has always been that there are probably only 24 or so fortunes in a box, just all recirculated. Thus, I've always read fortune cookies with a grain of salt in truth

This time, the fortunes seem slightly different because of the context of my life and the conversation K. and I had. I just keep thinking that perhaps the universe in all its bizarre ways is trying to tell me something. And that maybe this time, I need to listen to it. It's just that listening to it is really scary as all those words like change, fear, success, failure all arise.

Note--Did you know that fortune cookies did not originate in China but rather Japan? story here
Also, if you want more facts about fortune cookies, read The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Jennifer 8. Lee


Sarah said...

I just finished that book, actually! It was really interesting. Good bath reading, although that may be TMI...

Kristina said...

I have to say that sometimes random things DO happen that have meaning. I think it's okay to interpret fortune cookies or anything else with a bit of freedom. It sounds like you have a lot to think about.

Tiptoe said...

Kristina, yes, there is a lot to think about, and it's mostly just all stuck in my head.