Happy Lunar New Year! In Korea, this is called Seollal. We have been doing a few small things to celebrate the new year. I have had some more Korean cooking adventures, which I will share in another post. Also Matthew and I have been reading a special book at night about the Lunar New Year.
The book is called This Next New Year, and the main character is a Korean American boy. Matthew loves this book because the first page has balloons all over it! I am still surprised (although I don’t really know why) at how Matthew is so drawn to the books I purchased that have Korean and/or Asian characters. I know it makes sense (that’s why I bought them) but I am getting to the point that I barely notice that he and I don’t look alike, so I forget. I am so glad that I had the foresight to search out some books with these characters. All of you adoptive parents out there, I would love to hear what books your children love, so that we can add them to our collection!
But back to this book…..I love the last few pages as this boy prepares for the new year. These are great thoughts for all of us as we start anew:
Lunar New Year’s Day,
I will not say one awful thing,
none of that
because this is it,
a fresh start,
my second chance,
and I have so many dreams,
so many dreams
to make come true.”
Be blessed this Year of the Tiger!