A week or so ago, we were on our way home from a family outing and decided to eat out because it would be too late by the time I got dinner ready at home. We stopped at a Chinese buffet. Is it weird that except for when I actually lived in China, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a Chinese buffet before?
Anyway, I wasn’t very impressed, but my children pigged out to an embarrassing level (Matt gave them free reign of the dessert buffet.). Then they each got a fortune cookie as we were finishing up. Grant opened his and started jumping up and down for joy. He started yelling, “Yes! I’m going to Disneyland!” He was SO excited. Matt and I looked at each other quizzically and I asked him for his fortune paper. A close look revealed the following fortune:
“You will soon be traveling to a distant land.”
His hasty reading had an unfortunately over-abundant translation.
I tried to comfort him by reminding him that he had just consumed more desserts than children in most third-world countries get in a year. Somehow that wasn’t quite as magical to him.
Personally, I think it was a nice introduction to the season where Santa politely says no to most of the things on his Christmas list anyway.
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