Yes, I know the holidays have passed. However, my friends and I received these inserts during and around the winter holidays, hence the title of this post. An alternate title could have been something along the lines of "Everything Collected Since the Post Before the Last Post (the one about the Fortune Chicken)" but that seemed a bit cumbersome.
First, a bit of housekeeping: for those of you who are keeping track (probably just my friend ARM in CA), I took care of the
potential fire hazard I wrote about in November immediately after publishing that post. You can put away your fire extinguishers.
Agostinelli sent me this not-a-fortune from the inside of a Baci chocolate at the end of November, the day after my post before the last post (the one about the Fortune Chicken).
"If God had not created woman, he would not have created flowers."
[This is attributed here to Oscar Wilde. My very brief internet research ascribes it to Lord Byron; my admittedly limited knowledge of both leads me to believe the latter over the former if pressed to choose between the two.]
Colleen sent me this photo from her family's traditional Christmas Eve Chinese food meal. (Completely unrelated: I love her family. LOVE.)
Colleen: "You look pretty."
Her mother: "You love challenge."
Her father: "You have a lively family."
Her middle brother: "It is not in your character to give up."
Her youngest brother (not pictured): "Simplicity in dress suits you."
[I believe I know this family well enough to say that each of these inserts, though not an actual fortune, is perfectly matched to its recipient.]
So this is pretty funny. My friend in CA, mentioned above in reference to the
potential fire hazard, forwarded this from her father on New Year's Eve:
"There are times for burps and belches. This is not one of them."
I could not agree more.
Erin labeled this actual fortune the entrails of her third course (by that she means the fortune cookie insert; I didn't get it at first, either):
"Your nurturing instincts will expand to include many people."
While the cookie insert can speak to Erin's future more soundly than I can, I can attest to her nurturing capabilities. Those who find themselves the beneficiaries of her guidance and encouragement will be better for it.
"Much more grows in the garden than that which is planted there."
[My father is a gardener. While I think he would agree with this not-a-fortune, I also think he would identify much of the extraneous growth as weeds (for what it's worth).]
"We cannot do great things; only small things with great love."
[Eh. I might quibble with that.]
"Make two grins grow where there was only a grouch before."
[Um, what now?]
"Your heart will always make itself known through your words."
This not-a-fortune is mine- hooray!
And I must say, the realist in me agrees.
"Emotion hinders your true self."
From Pam, one *almost* and one actual fortune:
"You could make a name for yourself in the field of medicine."
"The star of riches will shine on you beginning next month."
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this post. Soon I will write about fortune cookie wrappers. I have amassed quite a collection over the past couple of years. Do you have any you'd like to share?