Friday, September 01, 2006

Fortune cookies

While mentally playing with the Fortune Cookie idea, I remembered a poem I heard and loved and memorized when I was in elementary school. It mostly came back to me and although I have no idea to whom credit is due (I will try to Google it or see if I can check some other way before I finally post). I shall share it anyway but take no credit for its creation.
Three Wishes
I keep three wishes ready
Lest I should chance to meet
Any day, a fairy
Coming down the street.

I'd hate to have to stammar
And have to think them out
For it's very hard to think things up
When a fairy is about.

I'd hate to lose my wishes
For fairies fly away
And perhaps I'd never have a chance
On any other day.

So, I keep three wishes ready
Lest I should chance to meet
Any day, a fairy
Coming down the street.

I haven't thought of the poem in years, but I know back then I did keep 3 wishes ready---what were they? Who knows? Possibly one was for world peace and another for good health, happiness and riches for all I loved. But I do know the third. The third wish was always for more wishes, or as I believe I expressed it then: a wishing wand. As a child I thought that was really clever; now it sounds selfish, foolish and greedy. Needless to say, I never needed this odd little bit of preparedness. (Always the Girl Scout--then and now.) But I am convinced that had I met that fairy and gotten 3 wishes, my life would not have turned out any better than it has as a result of putting my hand in the hand of God and being let by Him.

Fortune cookies---they are a dime a dozen (almost literally). They are terribly generic and ambiguous. The best part of them now, as it seems to me, are the lottery number suggestions. But I don't use those often either nor have I ever won money on cookie numbers. But sometimes there is a little magic in thinking at the end of a very good day or a very lovely evening, that we ought to stop by the magic market on the way home and buy a lottery ticket. But we usually are tired and don't remember to stop. But I enjoy the little dab of sweet taste and the ubiquitous philosophical platitude at the end of a Chinese meal: the appropriate punctuation. I cannot imagine the meal without the cookie or the cookie without the "fortune."

Is it, maybe, that we keep, in fortune cookies and horoscopes and lottery tickets and wishes on shooting stars, just a tiny little bit of that magic we believed in as children?? If so, I think that's a good enough reason to keep enjoying them.

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Oh, fun!! Google gave it to me straight away and I had only missed about 4 words in one phrase (line 11), 'tho I had kept the meaning exactly. Google credits the poem to Annette Wynne. I fixed that line, so it reads as Ms. Wynne intended.

9 Comments:

Blogger briliantdonkey said...

Nice post, GREAT poem as well,I can see why it struck you so as a child and stuck with you. BTW, as best I can tell your permalink works perfectly. Disclaimer: UNLESS, I too have been doing it the wrong way all along lol.

BD

9:54 PM  
Blogger paris parfait said...

Well that's the thing about fortune cookies, reading horoscopes, wishing on stars - we want to cling on to whatever magic is out there - without magic, life would be pretty dull!

1:31 AM  
Blogger Yak Attacker said...

I always loved that poem, as well, though didn't keep three wishes 'just in case'. What you said about your life wouldn't have turned out any better that it has because of trusting in God, is so true! Where would I be today without Him guiding each and every step. Well done!
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4:12 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

If you can't imagine a Chinese meal without a fortune cookie, come to New Zealand - they don't seem to have them here! I don't think I have ever had one, though I have seen packets of them in an Asian grocery store. I enjoyed your thoughtful post

4:28 AM  
Blogger Chelle Y. said...

A very thought provoking post. I am one who would rather have faith in God, than a fortune cookie!

8:41 AM  
Blogger NuttersNotes said...

Fairy and fortune fun.....all in one fabulous post

1:39 PM  
Blogger Ceebie said...

Thanks for the poem, and for the optimism of your post!

6:30 AM  
Blogger GreenishLady said...

Did no-one tell you (because they were very quick to tell me!) that one of the rules of wishes is you can never wish for more wishes? You seem to have done ok without fairy-wishes! Thanks for the poem1

7:32 AM  
Blogger Roadchick said...

The 'chick remembers that poem - she never memorized it, but remembers reading it and thinking about it a lot.
Thanks for such a lovely post.

7:33 AM  

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