Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Which Ones to Keep, and Where to Save Them?

A few days ago Jenny Gardiner, whose new book happens to feature fortune cookie inserts in some "relevant" way (perhaps a blog review is in order?), told me she keeps "memorable fortunes" taped next to her desk. One of them reads, "You are the greatest person in the world." It's not a fortune, per se, but probably an insert I'd keep in plain view if I ever received it. Another reads, "You are a happy man," which is maybe a little off target for her but hey, whatever makes you smile, right? 

When Jenny said she has some fortune cookie inserts taped to her desk (or nearby), I responded that I love to hear about places people store their memorable inserts. I most often hear about wallets and refrigerators. (Jenny keeps the inserts in her wallet, too.) I have a few special inserts I keep in plain view, pinned above my desk. One was given to me by UnScurvyGirl; another I received a couple of years ago. I keep the rest of my inserts (fortunes or not) in these two places, which I've written about before:

my first cookie insert holder, courtesy of Myrtle

my newest holder, thanks to Hester

This conversation with Jenny made me wonder: where do you all keep your fortune cookie inserts? More importantly, how do you decide which ones to keep and which to discard, leaving them on the table at the restaurant after having read them aloud to your dining companions, possibly laughing at their messages, or perhaps even carrying them around with you in your wallet for a few days or even weeks and then, upon finding them again and remembering why you saved them in the first place, tossing them in the nearest trash can? Respond in the comments if you feel so inclined...


  1. I used to keep my fortunes in my wallet, but I stopped doing that a long time ago. I'm not exactly sure why, come to think of it. That said, I currently have one that I saved, and it's sitting in the front console in my car along with a few mints and occasionally my iPod. You featured it here, actually. The fortune reads, "Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence." Not a fortune, but it did seem like something I should hold on to right now.

  2. I used to keep mine in my wallet, too. But none of them seemed fortuitous enough to keep for the long haul. The only one I currently have is one that you shared on your blog- "An unexpected relationship will become permanent." I had someone in mind when I got it, and that didn't pan out. I have kept it out of curiosity as to who that person will eventually be.

  3. For a long time I felt obligated to store my fortunes in my wallet. At some point, I got tired of throwing them all away when I cleaned it out, so I killed the habit. Now, I just read and discard, usually leaving them on the table.


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