Health and Happiness in the Chinese New Year

Sunday, February 8th we met our friends Lenore and Ted and their beautiful son Espen at the Chinese Gardens for a Chinese New Year Lantern Lighting Display. It was cold, but clear and the gardens were glowing under the downtown city buildings and the black winter sky. The pond was a a-glow with floating lotus flowers carrying tiny lights. The red lanterns guided us along the entwined paths and quiet groups of people held large, glowing flower lanterns. It was a very beautiful and peaceful place to welcome the New Year and for us, to commemorate the 8th anniversary of our friends Robert and Denise Christie, and their two children's deaths from a car crash in 2001.
As the years go by, we never stop missing them, but the sharp pain of grief is somewhat abated, thank god. We love to travel to Astoria, Robert's childhood home and visit his wonderful parents John and Peg. Seeing them is like seeing Robert and Denise, and being on their farm feels like being with our friends.
This Chinese New Year is the year of the Ox. My friend and coworker Jonathan Hill is an extremely talented artist, and I was lucky enough to receive one of his fantastic New Years cards, pictured here. The Ox is a symbol of perseverance and hard work. With perseverance and hard work we will continue to get ahead in life and love, and honor all of our relationships with kindness and acceptance. CAN I GET AN AMEN!

here are some pictures of our recent trip to Astoria to visit John and Peg:


mortytoad said…

Diane, I think I'm gonna cry. I miss them. I would like to meet John and Peg. Their place looks like Heaven.

No wonder Robert had such a beautiful heart.


(sorry I haven't stayed in touch and for missing your trip up here last summer. Life happened)