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.
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