Since dear Jami is no longer posting I thought I'd try my hand at some of her superfluous miscellany. I'm not sure if I'll be able to pull it off since everything I write is usually so relevant and essential and applicable, but here goes:
Yesterday I received a lovely baby shower invitation for someone who is in China at this very moment adopting a child.
The invitation shared this ancient Chinese proverb:
"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but never break."
This ancient Chinese proverb, like all ancient Chinese proverbs, made me ponder deeply.
First, how do the ancient Chinese know the thread is red if it's invisible? And if it's invisible anyway, does it matter if it's red? Why not just say there is an invisible thread, or a clearly visible red thread rather than an invisible red thread?
Second, if the invisible red thread is stretchy and unbreakable, wouldn't that make it more elastic than thread?
Third, wouldn't thread most likely break if it's criss-crossed and tangled across the universe?
All things considered, I took it upon myself to revise this ancient Chinese proverb in order to make it more pointed and realistic.
"Regardless of time, place and circumstance, two materials connect those who are destined to meet--invisible elastic, which stretches but doesn't break (unless you cut it) or clearly visible red thread, which criss-crosses, tangles, then most likely breaks on it's way across the universe."
That's more like it, don't you think?
Remind me sometime to tell you how I really feel about destiny.