The Fortune Cookie Saga


I need your help to understand my Fortune Cookie dilemma. Yes, I am writing about the Fortune cookies that are served as a dessert in most Chinese restaurants at the end of a succulent, you hope, meal. The Fortune cookie carries inside a piece of paper with words of wisdom, a prophecy, sometimes numbers people use as lottery winning numbers. There is always a rising delight as the meal heads towards the end and the anticipation of your fortune is to be read around the table. Each person reads his or her fortune; it is agreed upon and talked about giving each dinning participant a few moments in the spotlight.

My particular issue is that about twenty years ago I opened the Fortune cookie with great expectations. I immediately noticed the word doomed and hated to read on, so I tore it up, dropped it into my unfinished plate and have not opened another fortune cookie since, except for yesterday after lunch at a spectacular Chinese restaurant. I decided my actions were childish. I should woman up and open the glistening Fortune cookie. I struggled with the tightly wound wrapping. Cookie in hand, I broke it apart. Lo and behold, it was empty. Empty after all of these years.

One of the reasons I have not opened the Fortune cookies in so many years is because there is an individual who always grabs the cookies and says” This one is pointing to you and this one is pointing to so and so and this one is mine.” and so on until all of the cookies are passed out. I have voiced my opinion that each person should be allowed to pick his or her own. I still feel this would change the specifics. The negative dynamic has to stop!

My questions to you are: Why do you suppose after all of these years I would open an empty Fortune cookie? Is a Fortune cookie made for random use not at all credible? What is the real message here?

Here is my own Fortune cookie saying: “Do not aim for perfection. Do your best, and let it be.’

What is your Fortune Cookie saying?

Here are my winning lottery numbers: 30 1 22 38 40 14

They will win, I just don’t know when.

What are your winning lottery numbers?

Please share.

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dina
    Dec 22, 2014 @ 18:34:18

    Well, it’s quite obvious to me why your fortune cookie was empty. You already have good fortune. There are no words of wisdom or lottery numbers that will change your fortune. You know deep down that only you, the choices you make, determine your fate, destiny, fortune, etc. I don’t really have a mantra I live by. If I do, they change for each situation or I should say my actions do. Let’s just forget the fortune cookies and get the almond cookies. They taste much better with tea anyway!


  2. Reene
    Dec 22, 2014 @ 20:23:53

    Maybe the fortune is that you have already had a wonderful and fortunate life–and are very blessed–no need to send you any better fortune–except the lottery—-Reene


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Dec 23, 2014 @ 13:01:36

      The lottery is on every thinking person’s mind. It has become so huge and only attainable to so few. I’d rather have my life and no lottery than any other. We have to buy a ticket to win. Okay? Lets buy one.


  3. Phyllis
    Dec 23, 2014 @ 04:05:49

    I like Dina’s and Renee’s comments. My father had a fortune cookie with the message “Some questions cannot be answered by fortune cookies.” He saved it in his wallet all the rest of his life.


  4. Guy
    Dec 23, 2014 @ 09:12:48

    Your fortune cookie didn’t have a message because someone screwed up at the fortune cookie factory…


  5. Carly
    Dec 23, 2014 @ 22:47:32

    What a great blog! My fortune cookie saying would be: Don’t take anything for granted, don’t forget to thank often, and things will definately come back to you in a good way. I believe your fortune cookie was empty because you already have great fortune!


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Dec 24, 2014 @ 13:02:52

      Oh Carly, I will take your fortune cookie phrase and it can be mine, too. I love it. Gee, you
      write good fortune cookie statements. I’ll bet Hallmark could use some new ideas like yours.
      Thank YOU!


  6. Tom
    Dec 31, 2014 @ 05:10:31

    The fortune cookie is of no consequence to you. As for the lotteria, … uhmmm…
    I’ve only bought a ticket on rare occasions. Hmmm… wonder what it is that prompts us to spend our hard earned money on such a low odds endeavor. Perhaps the hope of striking it rich OR perhaps changing your life to…… what ? You don’t need money to drastically change any part of your life, so maybe that isn’t it. OR…. this is the part you need to think thru and be very careful.


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Dec 31, 2014 @ 11:40:43

      Tom, Tom, you are so spot on. I need no other than what I already have. I was not thinking of money as a fortune. I was thinking of keeping my health and mental acuity. Those would be fortunes, believe me. I would like a few nice clothes not just to keep me warm, but to keep my spirits up, but what I need most is a world CURE ! I need for my friends and family to be well and to be true to me and to them selves. I sure need a lot huh? We need the wheat to grow up high! And the corn to grow as high as an elephant’s eye!!!


  7. Sheila Clapkin
    Jan 03, 2015 @ 13:09:19

    Please accept no name wanted to post: I’m totally adverse to anyone who takes any stock in fortune cookies or fortune tellers. It’s a huge scam. When I visited China I toured a factory that turned this “crap” out. It’s all done by computers and randomly chosen. I also have visited a “psychic” pre and post Robert’s demise. Also crap. Our destiny and that of our loved ones is governed by our attitude, our choice of healthy living, our eating habits and our genetics”. Reading our astrolicilas forecasts everyday is an amusing pastime. That’s my belief but many would disagree. I used to be religious as a child because of my parent’s beliefs and my Catholic indoctrination. But now as a hardened realist I embrace everyone’s beliefs. “Whatever gets you through the night”.


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