According to Narrye Caldwell, I need to pin this Chinese proverb to my mirror something quick: “A swift hare has three holes,” which means to have a few options at hand to retreat. Here’s why…
For me it started the week that Eric and I were in Las Vegas, but apparently others have been feeling the effects of the Monkey’s qi since late last year. We were strolling through the mall at Caesars Palace and stumbled on this jaw-dropping LED light dragon sculpture. There is no possible way whatsoever that I can communicate how strikingly impressive and beautiful it is to see in person. The only way I can try to describe it, is if you can picture a thousand Swarovski crystals caught on fire. Which makes perfect sense, as February 8th, ushered in the new Year of the Fire Monkey.
Photo found here.
Needless to say, it’s brilliance caught me off guard this year, as did the mischievous monkey’s reign. Since that weekend, I have shown up at work with both earrings in the same ear, spent a day wishing everyone a Happy Friday and a great weekend (only to discover around 4pm that it was a Thursday), and tried to convince a cardiologist that I have high blood pressure (when I clocked in at 103), etc., but it hasn’t been all bad.
For my birthday, one of my best friends, SoLing, gave me these very pretty earrings, AND they came in a Chinese red envelope! She may not even realize how significant this gesture is to me. In middle and high school, I had the opportunity to take Mandarin Chinese classes. Through that experience, I learned about the special red packets that the Chinese people give to their friends and family during the Chinese New Year, but I have never myself gotten one – until this month! It’s a lovely way to receive a gift. The color red symbolizes energy, happiness, and good fortune, and when you wrap it up this way, it’s thought that you are channeling good wishes and luck to the receiver. How great is that?! Now that I have my own red envelope, I see the many opportunities to share it’s powerful gift. I might use it for holding the quarters my son needs for Popcorn Days at school, tuck in a gift card for a friend, or let the kids put their lesson money in a red envelope when they meet up with their awesome track coach. The possibilities for lucky red envelopes are endless.
Feeling the Fire Monkey, has been bringing back memories from my days studying Chinese in school and the times my teacher, Mrs. Josephine Stamm, cooked for us and turned us on to pork buns. As a result, I have recently had a burning desire to welcome pork buns back in to my life, which led me to Google. I was surprised to find that the local buns with the best reviews were $1.75 at the market by the bus station where I work. Really, Fire Monkey? Off I went…and sure enough, the storefront might not be much to look at, but the buns deliver.
The best part of finding them was the twist it brought to the night. Of course, I picked up two for the kids to try, and proceeded to bore them with the details of my middle school life on the ride home. When I brought up my teacher in the conversation, my daughter exclaimed, “Mom, you know Mrs. Stamm?! Is she short and wears really high heels?!” Yes and yes. Apparently, many years later, Mrs. Stamm is still teaching Chinese to middle schoolers, and surprise!, she is now at my daughter’s school. I had no idea that she will be in her classroom soon, teaching a bit of Chinese before the school year ends. Now my girl is excited to introduce herself and let Mrs. Stamm know that her mom once learned from her how to read/write and appreciate this complex language, and to love a good pork bun. Thank you Fire Monkey for closing the loop. What started out as a wild whim, ended up being a special experience with my middle schooler…and any day you can make that happen, is worth three holes to a rabbit. 🙂
If you want to find out for yourself what the Year of the Fire Monkey has in store, you can read the predictions here, then click on this link to find your Chinese Zodiac sign. Now you’re ready to jump over here to see how the Monkey qi may impact you.
Maybe all the fire monkey wants from us is to see a little red…so perhaps we need to pick up a new red dress, scarf, earrings? Oh how my mind can take me where I want to go. 🙂
Now that you know who you are and what you can expect, here’s a list of great Chinese proverbs to have in your back pocket when you meet up with the Fire Monkey this year.
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