Which I just learned this morning means Happy Chinese New Year! At Ellie’s preschool they are celebrating the Chinese New Year today. All the kids wore red and the day is full of fun Chinese New Year festivities – parades, music, and neat art projects to celebrate this holiday. (Last year they brought in a huge paper dragon!) One of Ellie’s best friends is Chinese and she and her mom did the neatest presentation this morning during singing time (her little outfit was so cute!). I have to say that this is one thing I LOVE about Ellie’s preschool and about living in San Diego. Celebrating diversity. Ellie and I have both learned so much the past few years about various traditions and customs. A lot of our friends and neighbors are from all over the world. Everyone has different customs and religous beliefs and it’s all accepted. Anything goes! I remember (from my teaching days) a conversation some of my 5th graders were having about religion…”I’m a Catholic”…”My mom is a Jew and my dad is a Baptist”….”My parents are Methodist.” Each was answered with “cool” and then they ran to play together on the swings. I’ll never forget that. I grew up in Utah and while I really do love Utah, I definitely did not grow up with the diversity my kids are growing up with. It makes me so happy that they are learning first hand to love and accept everyone regardless of ethnicity or religion. So to all of you today…GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!