September 13, 2013

National Fortune Cookie Day

“I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value." - Hermann Hesse

It's National Fortune Cookie Day!

Apparently we're a nation that loves a little wisdom, some lucky numbers, and Chinese language lessons because today is the second National Fortune Cookie Day of the year (the first was back in July)!

As we learned a month ago, fortune cookies aren't part of authentic Chinese cuisine. There's two possibilities of their origin: 1) they may have been made in Los Angeles by a man named David Jung who handed the scripture filled cookies out to the poor, or 2) they have been made in San Francisco by landscaper Makoto Hagiwara who made cookies filled with thank you notes for the people who stood by his side after being fired by a racist mayor then later reinstated to his job as caretaker of the Japanese Tea Garden by a different mayor.

It's easy to make fun of the fortunes placed inside those sometimes anemic looking cookies, because most of the time they just seem super absurd (even more so when you find out that freelance writers are hired to write them). But every once in a great while an appropriately timed one comes into your life. Fate? Coincidence? Who knows? But for nearly a decade I've been carrying around in my purse three fortunes that struck a chord with me:

What's the best one you've ever received either profound or ridiculous?

Happy National Fortune Cookie Day!