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Chewing on a Fortune July 13, 2010

Posted by ninapaules in Living Life, Writing Life.
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My fortune, compliments of my most recent fortune cookie. How, in the entire universe, did the churning Chinese-Fortune-Cookie-Stuffing-Machine know I was a writer in need of such a vague encouraging fortune? 

Hard to say. 

But that’s what attracts us to those oddly bent and brittle cookies, isn’t it?  Even though we know that tawny exterior is tasteless and the words have no meaning, we eagerly break them open and mindlessly munch away anyway while absorbing our Chinese Fortune.  After all, everyone knows the wondrously mythical Chinese possess an unexplainable connection to the fortune whispering universe.  Three billion of their fortune-delivering-devices are consumed by the Western World every year.

But, did you know that the fortune cookie is not the least bit Chinese? 

We, the Americans, were the inventors.  Yup.  It’s true.  We invented the Fortune Cookie and all the little prophesies stuffed there in.  

Now, if we can do that, surely we can invent something that will keep our economy from repeating well-known history.  Because, if there is one thing that casts doubt upon the magical power of our tasteless fortune cookie, it’s when the same fortune is repeated at the same table.

Unless, of course, you wrote the 200th episode of JAG where fortune cookie fortunes do repeat.  Successfully.

See, we Americans can do anything if we’d just put our minds to it.

Do you know what the repeating fortune said? Its advice is worth considering.

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1. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak - July 14, 2010

I had no idea that fortune cookies were an American invention!

Maybe the message is similar to the prize in the bottom of the Cracker Jack box – it’s more the anticipation, the thought that it could be something special. Maybe the fortune promises riches or the achievement of a closely held dream. Or, as in the case of yours, nails a wish or actual characteristic.

I’m guessing JAG is a TV show?? So what is the repeating fortune?

Jaimie

2. ninapaules - July 14, 2010

Hi Jaimie —

Thanks for commenting! Yes, JAG is a TV show, and one of my favorites, next to Remington Steele (which Anna also loves, btw).

Love the Cracker Jack box analogy. America was built on hopes and dreams, anticipation and expectation of liberty surmounting tyranny. We, as a nation, need to find that child-like tenacity, that gritty daring to do what must be done, once again.

As to the repeating fortune… that’s tomorrow’s post. 🙂

Hugs,
Nina


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