Sunday, February 18, 2007
每逢佳節倍思親(中國曆4705年) / Family Happy Together (Chinese Calendar Year 4705)
It is Sunday here in Canada. Happy Chinese New Year everyone !!! Yesterday, I went to Chinatown with my Mom, bought some BBQ pork, half a Peking duck, a chunk of pig ear, some rice and brought it home to celebrate the end of the Year of the Dog. My Mom is a senior. Ever since the passing of my Father, I am the only one she can rely on. So, during every Chinese festival, she will wake up early in the morning, cancel all her appointments with friends and stay home waiting for my phone call. I have told her several times: "Mom, don't become too dependent on me. You are still healthy and I would encourage you to go out meet more friends and expand your social circle." But deep in my heart, I understand her longing for family connection to fill her emotional vacuum, especially during festival time. With the passing away of her life-long companion, who else are there to connect to, if not her immediate family? Today is CNY day, so I made a point of calling her early in the morning so she would not sit at home waiting for the telephone to ring. I have made an appointment to visit her this afternoon and might accompany her to Chinatown to see a lion dance by one of the local kung fu schools. We will make a few phone calls to say happy New Year to close relatives in North America and Hong Kong. More importantly, dear Mother, I wish you here a healthy and happy Year of the Pig !!
Picture 图: 山西省的新年燈籠市場 A customer picks out a Chinese New Year lantern at a street market in the industrial city of Linfen in China's northeast Shanxi province (Photo Credit: Peter Parks/AFP)