Gung Hay Fat Choy

Today I love Chinese new year and all the celebration that goes along with it. I love that I got to participate in the community celebrations at the museum, the library, and the art gallery. I love that I was given the opportunity to wear a costume and be the Cai Shen (God of Good Fortune) and hand out many red envelopes and have many people get their photo taken with me. I love how much fun we had. I love that there was lots of food and laughter and demonstrations of Chinese culture. I love that I said “Gong Hay Fat Choy” so many times it is now second nature to me. I love how happy people were with the presence of a Cai Shen at the celebration. I love that Chinese New Year is separate from North American New Year because it is a so much more positive and culturally driven celebration and it is right that it happens closer to spring when the earth is getting ready to reawaken. I love how happy everyone was during this beginning of the new year celebration.

Today I love that we slipped quietly down to the market for our usual Saturday morning breakfast before going to the museum to start participating in the new year’s celebrations. I love that we got all the things we needed from the market, and even saw people we knew and were able to say hi to some of them. I love seeing my main street bustling on a Saturday morning. I love how my town shimmers with weekend excitement and glows with cheer. I love that there are too many places to get coffee from and it seems like I’m always promising myself that I’ll go to this café or that one sometime soon.

Today I love breaded shrimp. I love Lai See. I love children who smile at me when I am in a costume and children who smile at me when I’m not in a costume. I love peanut butter. I love that last night at curling my team won again, though since the winners have to buy the losers a drink I can see this getting to be expensive. 😉 I love that my curling game feels like it is getting better and I am understanding more of the subtler nuances of it. I love curling.

Today I love drinking coffee and eating a late lunch while I remember the morning sky’s peaceful glow as the first full day of the new year dawned.