Patti Burke eats two or three pounds of Goldfish crackers in a week, one by one, looking for the saltiest of the snacks. But only once has she found a sign from God on a little orange cracker.
When I picked this one up, I knew he was special,” the Melbourne woman said of her Holy Week discovery. “He had a cross on him, and he had a crown circle up by his head. Something I’ve never seen before out of all the Goldfish I’ve eaten.”
Burke couldn’t believe it on Easter Sunday, when her pastor, D. Scott Worth, began talking about fish as a symbol of Christianity in front of the congregation of Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd in Melbourne. The reason the fish became a symbol is unknown, though it could be the story of Jonah and the whale or Jesus feeding the 5,000 with loaves and fish, he said.
She and her pastor believe it’s a sign – eternal life, with the circle around the cross.
She did call Pepperidge Farm because she wondered if the special fish meant she won a contest. Nope. They had no explanation. She also said that they told her this could not happen in the factory. It must be a miracle. None of her photos of the cracker turned out, she said.
Yes, it’s a screw imprint. Frankly, if you eat pounds of these every week (as she says she does), you are bound to come across the oddballs rather often. I bet she will look more closely now and find even more odd ones out. Because oddities happen. It’s not a miracle. In fact, it’s absolutely normal. But people see meaning in random things. To me, I would have never thought “cross” and NO WAY get “eternal life” out of it but we are seekers of meaning. Some people more than others. *shakes head, walks away*