Oh me, oh my,... how time flies!
In Korea, the first birthday is a Big Deal. The family invites scads of people over, usually to a banquet hall or restaurant to accomodate the throngs of guests, and everyone eats a ton of food -- always central to any Korean celebration. Then there's a Toljabee ceremony, where the birthday boy/girl is dressed in traditional Korea clothes (hanbok) a number of objects are placed before him/her, and whichever things they choose determines their life course. Hana, however, was more interested in entertaining the crowd than getting down to the future-telling business.
My girl worked the crowd like a pro. Her pops and I think we may be in for it big with this one. After a few minutes, she finally got down to the business at hand and picked the pencil, which indicates that she will have an artistic/creative life. Second, she picked a book (the complete works of Thoreau, courtesy of my husband), meaning she'll have a scholarly life. Not too bad a combination, I'd say!
It was great to celebrate with friends and family – wonderful to see everyone and all the kidlets running around, so thankful and blessed for what we have today.
And where did that year go again??