A week ago, I joined my parents for dinner at a Chinese restaurant in San Antonio. I finished eating and selected my fortune cookie before my parents did:
"If you have no critics, you'll likely have no success."
I think it's a reverse fortune? An unfortune?
My mother's insert:
"In all matters of opinion, you always say it better."
My father and I agreed that this is just another way of saying my mother is always right. She didn't disagree with us.
My father tends to receive very appropriate cookie inserts, and this was no exception:
"It's not the end yet. Let's stay with it."
This might be one of my favorite inserts he's ever received.
It was at this point, after we shared our fortunes and not-a-fortunes, that my mother remembered she had a collection of cookie inserts in her wallet. She began to dig in the outside flap of her wallet and eventually removed five cookie inserts.
"Be mischievous and you will not be lonesome."
"New and rewarding opportunities will soon develop for you."
"Mistakes show us what we need to learn."
"Many successes will accompany you this year."
"It's important to you that money not be important."
And that's not all...
Five days later she emailed me to tell me she found yet another cookie insert on her desk at work:
"Keep your feet on the ground and your thoughts at lofty heights."
Thanks for your contributions to the blog, Mom!