Had Chinese takeout Thursday evening and at the end of the dinner, each of us gleefully opened our fortune cookies. For the most part none of us like what we get. We then proceed to change it. Sometimes it’s an exchange, mostly it’s a complete swipe. The stronger one claims control over the more coveted saying. We then launch into a debate on how we could use the sayings and somehow manage to successfully squeeze it into our life. It isn’t hard. A little bit of creativity and some muscle with some quick wit can make you grab the funnier, better saying.
Unfortunately, there are times, even when you offer your fortune with a bribe, like perhaps slip in a $10 bill along with it, nobody wants your saying. It can only mean one thing: boring. Wicked, philosophical, funny, interesting and even outrageous are the ones in demand. If they do not fall under any of these, they are deemed good, and good, let’s face it, is always boring.
Fortune: “your laugh and enthusiasm pleases those around you”
That’s what I got. A boring one. I was stuck with it on Friday, when neither did I laugh much nor sound enthusiastic for the most part of the day, but apparently I did to ones around me. Two distinctly different people told me in two different conversations that I cheered them. Should be good for the (my) soul right? Yeah, it is. Most certainly it is. Made my heart flutter and smile visibly. Involuntarily it got loud, as I believe that’s all it takes to drown a whisper beneath it all.
One that asks a question that has neither an answer nor the fortune to be spoken and so remains unheard.
Irony, thy name is Cookie.