Navigating the Middle

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Stupid Cheerios

I have two teenage boys, which means that most of the time, the pretend not to like me; rarely initiate spending time with me; and they LIVE to hole-up in their bedrooms: doors shut, headphones on.

So the other day as I sat alone on the sofa, watching TV, a little 30-second commercial grabbed my heart. It featured a working-class family, after the dad returned home from shift work. He was tired. In the background, sat a little boy, about nine years old, eating breakfast. Listening.

The next time we see him, it’s dark out. And he’s getting out of bed. The light from the refrigerator shows him retrieving a half gallon of milk, while carrying a box of Cheerios. His dad walks into the kitchen and demands to know why the kid is out of bed…just before “Max” confesses that he got up because he wanted to have breakfast with his dad.

Stupid Cheerios. You’re going to make me walk downstairs and have a bowl of cereal with my teenagers tomorrow morning, aren’t you?



Day 5: Second Fortune Cookie

So if one fortune cookie is good,
two must be better, right?

Here’s the message inside the second cookie I split.

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“Your whole family are well”…as in

Your whole family are well-accustomed to lousy fortune cookie messages.

Day 6: First Fortune Cookie

We’d all like to believe in the message we find inside a fortune cookie. It’s as if we think we deserve a reward for having dessert. (If you can call it that.)

With approximately three billion fortune cookies made around the world each year, is it too much to ask for at least some of those messages to offer valuable insight into the future?

At least that’s what I think every time I break a cookie in two. And tonight’s message did not disappoint:

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“You have a deep interest in all that is artistic.”

TRUE – I did attend a performing and visual arts high school, where I majored in dance.
TRUE – My undergraduate degree is a BFA in visual art.
TRUE – I plan to celebrate my birthday at a Cezanne exhibit in Philly.

Yep, I am pretty lucky. Wonton Foods (Brooklyn, NY) really knows how to write a fortune.

(Please continue to Day 5 entry.)

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