Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Year of the Ox

Saturday evening Gary and I attended our local FCC (Families with Children from China) Chinese New Year celebration to welcome in the year of the ox which officially began on January 26th. We visited with some friends, ate lots of delicious Chinese food, browsed the Chinese store and watched adorable children do the Dragon Dance.

When we first began the adoption process I really thought that Natalie would be born in 2006 and be a Dog like me and my mother. When that seemed unlikely I looked to the next animal symbol of the Chinese Zodiac. On February 18, 2007 the year of the pig began, and it was a very special year of the pig that only occurs every 60 years. It's called the year of the GOLDEN pig and babies born during GOLDEN pig years are thought to be very lucky. I let go of my dream of a Dog baby and embraced the golden pig. As the months slipped by I could see that was not to be either. On February 7, 2008 the year of the Rat began. I wasn't too thrilled with the idea of a rat, but time quickly passed and the animal shifted again. Now it seems highly likely that Natalie will be born in the current year of the Ox. Below is a description of the Ox personality. It sounds great to me although I would probably find something positive in whatever animal ends up being our daughter's symbol.

From WikipediaThe Ox is thought to be the sign of prosperity through fortitude and hard work. The Ox is a power sign, like the Rat, Snake, Dragon, Tiger, and Monkey. They're quite dependable and possess an innate ability to achieve great things. As one might guess, such people are dependable, calm, and modest. Like their animal namesake, the Ox is unswervingly patient, tireless in their work, and capable of enduring any amount of hardship without complaint.

Ox people, according to tradition, need peace and to work through their ideas, and when they have set their mind on something it is hard for them to make . An Ox person has a very mind and is extremely systematic in whatever they do, though they have a tremendous imagination and an unparalleled appreciation for beauty. These people speak little but are extremely intelligent. When necessary, they are articulate and eloquent.

Traditionally, people born under the influence of the Ox are thought to be kind, caring souls, logical, positive, filled with common sense and with their feet firmly planted on the ground. Security is their main preoccupation in life, and they are prepared to toil long and hard in order to provide a warm, comfortable themselves and their families. Strong-minded, stubborn, individualistic, the majority are highly intelligent individuals who don't take kindly to being told how to make they like to stick to their own individual idea.

The Ox, it is thought, works hard, patiently, and methodically, with original intelligence and reflective thought. These people enjoy helping others. Behind this tenacious, laboring, and self-sacrificing exterior lies an active

The Ox, according to tradition, is not extravagant, and a modern interpretation of this is that the thought of living off credit cards or being in debt makes them nervous. The possibility of taking a serious risk could cause the Ox to try a but they mostly .

Ox people are truthful and sincere, and the idea of wheeling and dealing in a competitive world is distasteful to them. They are rarely driven by the prospect of financial gain. These people are always welcome in small gatherings because of their humble composure and reverent nature towards the host. They are reputed to be the most beautiful of face in the zodiac. They have many friends, who appreciate the fact that the Ox people are wary of new trends, although every now and then they can be encouraged to try something new. People born in the year of the Ox make wonderful parents and teachers of children.

It is important to remember that the Ox people are sociable and relaxed when they feel secure, but occasionally a dark cloud looms over such people and they engage all the trials of the whole world and seek solutions for them.



The Zoo said...

Sounds like so much fun Charity! I love your dress and shoes! Very cute outfit! Sean's uncle married a lady from China...she had a New Years Party at their house and she made traditional Chinese food! It was awesome! Glad you guys had a good time!

Leah said...

cute shoes!