A Little Thought – 2017 Week 5


Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today is Chinese New Year… the year of the rooster. Happy New Year to you all!

I have written about Chinese New Year before, so I think I would share one New Year story this time.

Giving lucky money in red envelopes to kids, a way to send good wishes and luck, is one of the New Year customs that we still keep.

Many years ago when my daughter was 6 or 7, we went to my brother’s house to celebrate New Year with them. Our financial situation had been improved somewhat; we gave each kids, my brother’s 3 kids and our daughter, a red envelope with $5 in it.

The night went on as normal: kids were playing, and adults were chatting. Suddenly, my daughter came and asked, “Mom, can I give my $5 to Anthony?”

“Why?” I asked.

“He lost his red envelope, and he is crying,” she said.

“But this is your lucky money,” I said.

I am not a selfish person. It’s not difficult for me to give someone something that I owe and cherish. But… giving away my daughter’s lucky money? I hesitated.

My daughter wrapped her little arm around me and said, “Mom, it’s ok. He needs it.”

She melted my heart…

Happy New Year, I wish you good health and lasting prosperity.

Thanks for visiting my blog.


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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35 Responses to A Little Thought – 2017 Week 5

  1. loisajay says:

    Happy New Year, Helen. I am so lucky to have met you here. Wishing you the best year!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Cee Neuner says:

    I bet she did melt your heart. ❤ ❤ Happy New Year Helen. Best wishes for you and your family. 😀

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  3. Mother Hen says:

    Happy New Year Helen!


  4. prior.. says:

    I like your weekly posts, H. Such a good idea. – and the artsy veggie picture suddenly has me needing to down and rage my fridge – I know there are some fresh veggie sin there…
    and what a cute story… heart tug.

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  5. Lady Oscar says:

    lovely story! Happy New Year to you and family. Wish you and family a lucky, healthy year.
    See you soon!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Anabel Marsh says:

    Your daughter sounds lovely! Happy NewYear. I am a rooster so I guess this is my time.

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  7. Ipuna Black says:

    This is very touching. Thank you. I ❤️ the picture too.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Ming Wang says:

    When I was giving out the red package to my two boys this year, the big brother said to me that he did not need one and he wanted to give his one to his little brother.

    Happy Chinese New Year!

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  9. Inese Poga Art plus Life says:
  10. Edward Tan says:

    What a loving and caring girl your daughter is!

    Happy New Year, Helen. Wishing you a healthy, prosperous and happy new year of rooster! 😄

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Happy New Year, Helen! 🙂 Glad to have found your blog and am looking very much forward to read your stories! Best wishes, Sarah 🙂

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  12. Amy says:

    How sweet of your daughter… Happy CNY!

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