|4709 is apparently the |
year of the Easter Bunny.
The opening of the fortune cookies at the end of a Chinese meal has always been contentious in my family. Really there is nothing that my family cannot make contentious. No matter what my mother's fortune said, my father would always find a way to twist it around to make it negative or something that he could razz her about.
This finally culminated in the great Lang Lee Incident of '89 when my mother could take it no more and burst out with "It doesn't matter what it says, you always say the same thing! It could say 'You are a lumberjack with a hatchet through your head' and you'd say 'That's your mother! THAT. IS. YOUR. MOTHER!'"
This story is a big part of our family lore, right up there with other scrapbook-worthy moments like the time my 8-year old self shot my dresser with a 20-gauge. After that, my mother steadfastly refused to open fortune cookies in my father's presence. Also? They stopped storing their firearms in my bedroom closet.
Since my father passed away, the moratorium on fortune cookies has been lifted. Last night, my mother's fortune read:
"A sound mind and healthy body bring many happy events to your family."I forced myself to say nice things about this ever-so-sunshiny fortune, but in my head I was channeling for my father. *Dripping sarcasm* "Sound mind? HA! Good one. Healthy body? Yeah, right! That's your mother alright!" Miss you, Dad!
Audrey's fortune read:
"You will receive a surprising gift very soon."I'm thinking of changing out of my flannel pants with the Santas and reindeer on them to make this one come true for her.
And mine? Check it out...
Ooooh. Fortune cookie very wise. Would it be so wrong if I pinned all my hopes and dreams on it?