Happy Birthday, Po!

“My wish is for you grow up to be healthy and happy!” I purred when I saw the baby.  Po’s mom told me he is two years old in China even though this would be his first birthday in the United States.  I enjoyed the longevity noodle your parents served! It was a looong noodle, enough to fill up the whole bowl, and I tried my best to eat it all without breaking the noodle, to ensure you would have a long life!  The zhuā zhōu tradition interested me. Your parents put out different objects – a coin to represent wealth, a doll for many children, a pen, a stamp, an abacus, a flute and some other things which represented different careers.  The tradition holds that the first item you choose represents your future.  I guess we will have to wait a few years to find out if the prophecy comes true.   Purrs, Gulliver

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