Before I left town for the Christmas holiday I scheduled an automatic post advertising DIY printable fortune cookies from kind over matter. I neglected to promote the post on Facebook or Twitter, so if you missed it go here. The last full post, where I wrote about my evening with Myrtle watching Die Hard and replacing our not-a-fortunes, could have ended with this:
A gift from Myrtle- gumballs with "an enlightening fortune in every box!"
I went home for the holidays and when I arrived at my parents' house, these were waiting for me, saved from a recent visit to San Antonio's Golden Wok:
My father's not-a-fortune (top): "I would rather attempt something great and fail than attempt to do nothing and succeed."
My mother's not-a-fortune: "It doesn't matter, who is without a flaw?"
The next day Colleen, also home for the holidays (though her home is quite a bit colder than mine) sent me this not-a-fortune, which had clearly not been proofread:
"Speak only well or people and you need never whisper."
Erin over at Pardon My Dust had Chinese food on Christmas Day and she blogged about it here. She included her fortune, but in case you're lazy and don't want to follow that link, I'll post it here as well:
"You will soon embark on a business venture."
She told me not to add the usual "in bed" to the end of this one, as that's still illegal in this country, but I reminded her that to my knowledge there are parts of Nevada that might still entertain such businesses...
My parents and I had lunch at our favorite Chinese restaurant the day after Christmas, and while my father and I received actual fortunes, my mother did not:
My father's fortune: "Soon, you will receive pleasant news."
My fortune: "You will be reunited with old friends before the month is out."
My mother's not-a-fortune: You deserve to have a good time after a hard day's work."
Since I gave my parents the gift of more Chinese food for Christmas (a gift card), my mother has another opportunity for a fortune.
I included two fortune cookies in the takeout container along with the gift card, and they opened them last night. My father's cookie insert said, "Past experience: He who never makes mistakes never did anything that's worthy." My mother's: "Emotions can be sweet and sour, so can your meal."
My mother's not-a-fortune was food-related, as was this not-a-fortune Mr. Fabulous received:
"Enjoyed the meal? Buy one to go too."
Last night at happy hour LT gave me the inserts she and her husband received at lunch:
Her hubby's actual fortune: "You will receive a surprising gift very soon." (in bed?!)
LT's not-a-fortune: "The courage to be great lies deep within each of us." (not even going there)
Finally, as I was writing this post, Not-a-Fortune's favorite expectant couple, Bea Dazzler and her husband Princess Quite-A-Lot, sent me these inserts:
"Magnanimity will bring you universal respect."
"Live in THIS moment," Bea Dazzler's not-a-fortune and a good reminder to appreciate what we have and enjoy ourselves as best we can.