This is our story....of love, life, and adoption

Thursday, January 25, 2007

This little piggy came home!!!

I was a little curious of what the attributes of our child are supposed to be based on Chinese folklore. I know it's not science, but it's fun to read about. Come on who doesn't look at that little paper place mat at EVERY single Chinese restaurant. It's the first thing you do when you sit down. You search and search for the year that you were born, then revel in the fact that you are a leader, or a loyal spouse. Then tease your dinner mate for being a moron. For example I am a tiger. Need I say more. Jon is an ox. Explains so much about us, don't you think?

I was rejoicing in the fact that our child was going to be born in the year of the dog....honest..loyal..dedicated......come on folks we're dog people. So it was perfect. What better child for our family then one based on a DOG!! He would be THE perfect fit. So when our referral didn't come, I had to look to see what the Chinese culture says is the animal represented in the new year to come...Imagine my horror when I learned that it was the year of the PIG. I thought to myself , that couldn't be good. Now really...the pig...all sorts of negativity swirled through my brain. And since so many of us will be getting our children this year, or our children will be born this year(even though we may not be home with them) I thought I'd school us on some attributes we can look forward to. Here's some of what I learned:

  1. In China, the Pig ( δΊ₯ ) (a more correct form would be the Boar) is associated with fertility and virility. To bear children in the year of the pig is considered very fortunate, for they will be happy and honest.(yippeeeee!!) (And yes we will be "bearing" our children....through countless hours, months of waiting, 20plus hours of international flight, piles of paperwork!!)
  2. Contrary to its rather negative connotation the Pig of Chinese Astrology can be the most generous and honorable Signs of the Zodiac.
  3. Pigs are nice to a fault and possess impeccable manners and taste. They believe in the best qualities of mankind.
  4. Pigs also care a great deal about friends and family and work hard to keep everyone in their life happy. Helping others is a true pleasure for the Pig, who feels best when everyone else is smiling.
  5. A Pig with no one around to appreciate its giving nature is a sad sight.
  6. Pigs make great companions in part because of their refusal to see the more negative or base qualities in a partner
  7. Pigs are highly intelligent creatures.
  8. Pigs tend to make wonderful life partners due to their hearts of gold and their love of family..

All sounds good to me!!! Let's bring our piggy home!!


Chris Ayers & Kelly Kline said...

Having raised 4 pigs growing up in a rural part of California, I can attest to the fact that pigs are highly intelligent, and wonderfully loving animals (remember Babe? Charlotte's Web?) Pigs & Dogs -- you really can't go wrong! Kelly (from dragonfly diaries.)

Connie said...

I'm ready for a different take on a 'pig in a blanket' too!

Bring the babies on, I say.

jlittlefield3 said...

Here, Here!!!

eggrolls and chopsticks said...

Yepper, I'm ready to bring home the bacon.

malou said...

I have a dear friend who was born on the year of the PIG and all of the wonderful qualities of the BOAR is all true for her. YOur baby I am sure will have a lucky sign esp. if he/she is born for you becoz' you and Jon will be an awesome parents.

Anonymous said...

What is this about it being a golden pig year? I have been reading about that and I dont know what it is.

Lucia, Adam, Noah and Camille said...

I loved this post. Can't wait to meet your sweet piggy! Happy New Year! We seriously need to get together soon. I met Lori and Dominic last week (he was with Camille at Cathwel).It was so much fun to see them. Hope all is going well for you guys.

Jackie said...

Sorry for your long wait, but here's an upside to your wait.
Not only will you have a piggie for a baby. It's going to be a "Golden Pig" who, according to Chinese supersition, will bring extremely good fortune ($$$$) to the Chinese match the 5 elements (Gold, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth) to each Zodiac (so 12 year cycle for each element.) This coming pig year will be the last of the "Gold" cycle, therefore it will be another 60 years for a Golden Pig. :)
P.S. I will be more concern if you don't get a Golden Pig, because I think a Wood Mouse will be next!! However, you will get a baby this year, so don't worry! LOL..:)