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We attended our friends’ daughter’s wedding today. Both the bride and groom are twins. The bride is a fraternal twin and the groom is an identical twin. They both are engineers. Both fathers of the bride and the groom, the Maid of Honor – the bride’s sister, and the Best Man – the groom’s twin brother gave touching stories about the bride and the groom.
Six weeks before the wedding, my friend went to the store to pick up her daughter’s wedding gown. It was before the store hour when she was let in, to get her daughter’s gown. Right after that, the store was officially shut down, because the owner filed bankruptcy on the previous day. My friend ordered her gown from the same store and was not allowed to pick it up. It was such a blessing that the bride’s gown was picked up to avoid any stress on the pride. A customed made wedding gown takes at least six months to order in advance.
Everything went well with the wedding, even though it sprinkled for a while but didn’t rain. We sat at a table with all the friends of twenty-eight years – my friend and her daughter made the seating arrangement. We had a wonderful four hours of talking with each other, catching up the latest of what happened to each others’ lives.
Most of all, we are happy for the blessed new couple.
Live in a world of competition
Friends or Foes full of ambition
Set eyes on them causes intimidation
Try to measure up may have limitation
Turn your eyes inward to find your passion
Turn your eyes upward to seek inspiration
Knowing there is only one of you in the whole creation
No one is like you, so create your specialization
With His blessings, target a higher ground with your own expectation
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Daily Prompt: Measure
Journey of giving and receiving continued – childhood
My family was poor when I was a child, but I had a lot of fond memories. When I think of my childhood, I think of safe environment, friendly neighborhood, slow pace of life, creativity of making toys and games, family closeness and simple life.
My favorite family time was Chinese New Year. We had one week off from school and my dad had five days off from work. On New Year’s Eve, Flower Markets took place in major parks. They were open from early evening on New Year’s Eve to 5:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day. One year, I went to the Flower Market with my older sister and her then boyfriend. We lived in Sai Wan, so we took the tram to Causeway Bay Park. By the time we were done walking through the entire market, there were no tram in operation until morning. We followed the tram track and took one hour and thirty-five minutes to walk home. I was half asleep even though my feet were moving with my sister holding my hand. My other hand was holding something my sister bought me. Since I was falling asleep, I dropped the thing on the ground. I bent down, picked it up and continued walking.
By the time we got home, my mom had made special food as part of the Chinese New Year ritual. We ate, and then went to sleep for a few hours. On New Year’s Day, everyone put on new clothing. Kids would say, “Gung Hei Fat Choi” (Wishing you prosperous) to the parents and adults. Our parents and the adults in the neighborhood gave us kids Lucky Money in red envelopes. The tradition was that the married people gave Lucky Money to the kids and unmarried adults. We loved that because we could keep all of our Lucky Money. The first three days of Chinese New Year, we went to our relatives to wish them Happy New Year. The kids received Lucky Money from aunts and uncles.
We had our annual three activities on the 4th day of Chinese New Year. It was something we looked forward to because we did that year after year. We went to Tiger Balm Garden which was a private estate that eventually became a museum. After Tiger Balm Garden, we went to Botanic Arboretum, and then the Governor’s Garden which was open to public during Chinese New Year.
To be continued……
Happy New Year from our family to yours!
Have a Blessed, Prosperous, Healthy, and Happy Year all year long!
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Translation of the characters in the greeting card:
福 = Blessings
金雞報春 = Golden Rooster welcomes spring
“This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8: 10
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward, American Writer (1921-1994)
“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”
― Mark Twain (American Author 1835 – 1910)