Today marks the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit and we tried to make it special in the library:
There are so many traditions associated with the Lunar New Year and I'm never quite sure how many I, as a Westerner, should try to partake of.........in my mind there's a fine line between being a good sport by joining in the fun and coming across as a sort of pathetic wannabe.
I do know that it's a time of families coming together and that a house must be well cleaned, getting rid of the old dust and making room for the new. Parades, a dragon, firecrackers, feasting, the color red, lucky money.........we're on the fringes, having a Chinese daughter-in-law and a handsome Eurasian grandson, who seems to be well aware of his heritage, even at age 3. Not too long ago, he expressed wanting to draw a Chinese picture, not an English one. His first word was Chinese and his next word was English. Even at that tender age, he was bilingual.
This treasured lantern I kept for ourselves. Our son and his wife brought it back from their visit to Hong Kong and I wouldn't part with it for the world.
I think I'll wear my Asian shirt today, never being sure if the characters on it are Chinese or Japanese or a combination of the two. Those I've asked have thought there was "peace" on my shoulder and someone thought they could make out "motorcycle" of my left hip. The Manor is serving Chinese food for dinner, our noon meal.
4 years ago, Chris and Frances were wed. I've never felt happier. I tried to send Frances and her several siblings and their families a New Year e-card this morning; I tried twice and I don't think either one went through, so let me send good wishes to all of them here and now.
GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!