Gung Hay Fat Choy


Today marks the beginning of the fifteen day period known as the Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year. I sent the kids to school in their final remnants of tees purchased in China and Hong Kong. For dinner I'm making Korean beef from a recipe so delicious and simple that I never want to eat take-out Chinese food again!

Nathan and Ben look forward to this day because they receive Lai See ("lucky" money in red envelopes) from their classmates. 2009 is the year of the Ox. I don't really believe in the Chinese zodiac (or astrology at all for that matter), but we did get some beautiful hand blocked gold prints of each of our animal signs when we were living in Hong Kong. I had them framed and we always hang them on our wall right inside the door of whatever home we live in (right next to my Rose clan Scottish tartan and coat of arms).

Michael is a Boar (he likes to say he is a bore), which despite what our Western culture may say about pigs, may be the most honorable and generous of all the signs. Nice to a fault and great perfectionist. Yes, that is totally Michael.

I am a Tiger, a born leader and authority figure, charming and magnetic but also possessing the desire to be alone. And if you were to describe me that way, I'd say thanks for the nice compliment.

Nathan is a Dragon, with brash and fiery energy but a warm heart and natural charisma that makes this sign frequently the center of attention. All I'm going to say is Nathan=Energy.

Benjamin is a Ram, a creative and daydreaming artist who is very thoughtful and generous, wise, gentle, and compassionate. Daydreamer Ben is definitely the one who would most likely think before leaping so I guess this applies.

When the housekeepers in Hong Kong saw our signs hanging on the wall, they would always raise their eyebrows at the Tiger and Dragon being in the same family. They would hit their knuckles together and say, "these two always butt heads". Funny, because I'd say they were right, a majority of the conflict in the family is between my son Nathan and I. However, I attribute this to the fact that we are so incredibly similar, especially in our passionate temperaments and flair for the dramatic rather than the year of our births!

I hope you have a great New Year! Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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