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Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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!
xoxo, Erin
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6 thoughts on “Gung Hay Fat Choy!

  1. Good thing I ate my pot stickers today. I had a feeling in my gut that something was calling me from the land of Asia. I’m so glad I listened.
    Fun pictures from Disneyland. Were the girls tired the day after as well? I’m sorry that Kenny was right. You should never let him do that!

  2. Ok, Seth and Hannah kept rattling off that saying at the dinner table and I almost stabbed the table with my fork! At the end of a stressful day, hearing that over and over was like rubbing a cheese grater on my forehead.

    Cute post though. LOL

  3. Looks like you guys had fun at Disneyland!! It would be so fun to live that close and get a season pass!! So jealous of you guys living in the warm, close to the beach, and so close to so many fun things to do!!
    Can’t wait to see you at our little reunion!!

  4. I too love a life of diversity. Right now I guess i am just getting a taste of life as a minority (not much ‘diversity’ here, but learning about a new culture for sure. In Boston rachel started preschool with kids who spoke mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic and spanish and they did a great job of teaching about each culture (I did feel sorry for the teacher who had to teach all of them english though :-)

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