Maneki Neko

Good morning!

We went to dinner the other night at P.F. Chang’s. We often sit at the bar so we can watch the current sporting event as we dine. Plus you get much better service.

In the middle of the bar facing the front door is a ceramic cat. I’ve noticed it there before and always wondered its purpose. Is it some type of Asian liquor? Is it a cookie jar? Or is it simply a decoration?

I finally just asked Erin, our waitress. She was more than obliged to give me the full rundown. Maneki Neko, the lucky cat, is part of P.F. Chang’s culture. Every P.F. Chang has a large Asian style ceramic cat which is holding one paw up. The lucky cat is a symbol of wealth and luck, and many Asian businesses use it in hopes of attracting customers and wealth to their location.

Each location also adds a little local flavor to its enormous mural above its bar. Tulsa’s has a scissor-tailed flycatcher, their state bird represented.

I’m not a big believer in luck. I choose faith. In fact, the only cat you’ll find around my home is a black one. And most people don’t find them to be too lucky when they cross their path. But I couldn’t be more blessed with wealth and luck since we inherited ours from my father-in-law. Of course, wealth to me means health and happiness much more than monetary dollars.

How about you? Do you believe in luck? Or faith? There’s an awful lot of both casinos and churches in Oklahoma.

I don’t know about you, but I’d prefer my needs to be met by God’s riches in Christ Jesus over the luck of a ceramic cat any day!

But I do love their sweet chili brussel sprouts!

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:19

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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