Guilty pleasure Number 482: Panda Express.
I admit it, I love me some Panda. (Okay, that just sounds all shades of wrong; but moving on.....) Despite the fact that I'm told repeatedly that Panda is "not REAL Chinese food". There is just something about the Orange Chicken and chow mien noodles that speaks to my soul. Granted, that conversation is translated by my stomach; but it is definitely between my soul and Panda. And although it may not be "real" Chinese food, I still love the fortune cookies that come with every meal. But have you noticed that these "fortunes" aren't really fortunes, so much as they are random personality assessments?
Occasionally, though, something that seems to offer some sort of guidance finds its way into my cookie.
On a recent I-know-I-shouldn't-have-but-it-was-so-good-and-I-NEEDED-it splurge, I found this fortune in my cookie:
Look towards the future. But not so far as to miss today.
Wow. How did Panda know I needed that reminder? Especially now, when Jock is looking at the homestretch of not being a kid anymore? We spend so much time trying to prepare him for his future that we lose sight of just letting him enjoy his now. I know that despite all of my pushing and prodding and not quite getting it right? I know that right now at this moment in time, I can actually say that my kid? Has his head on straight. He knows what he needs to do to graduate high school. He knows what he needs to do to get to college. He knows what he needs to do to enter the career path he's choosing for himself.
And? He's actually DOING those things. He's studying hard. He's asking for help. He's looking at all the alternatives to get to a single destination. He's remembering to take time to play.
With reminders like this being possible? I think I should splurge on Panda more often.