Three dragons and a tiger

Cliff and I were both born in the year of the dragon in the Chinese zodiac.  On our wedding invitation, we printed two Chinese dragons playfully chasing each other as the background.  Technically, in the Chinese culture, it is not encouraged for two dragons to marry because they tend to want to both take control and be the dominant one.

Well, screw that!  I think we’re working out just fine as two dragons.

7 years later, we had Joshua, who was born in the year of the tiger.  Dragons and tigers are both dominant type of animals, and there is supposed to be a fight for power in the household. If we were to have another baby, it would be wise to plan it in the year of the mouse, or rabbit, horse, or something more tame to avoid adding more fire to the fuel.

But we make life more interesting, we are now expecting a dragon baby in November.

That makes it three dragons and a tiger in this household.

We wanted to tell my parents the news in person, so we waited until we were visiting Taiwan 2 weeks ago to tell them.  They picked us up at the airport when we arrived.  When we got into the car, Cliff said, “Mom and Dad, thank you for picking up all 4 of us.”  My parents, who are totally proficient in English, were so focused on seeing Joshua, that they didn’t really hear what Cliff said.  They smiled and said, “You are welcome!” and started driving.

Cliff and I looked at each other and laughed.  Cliff said again, “All 4 of us.”  My parents both dropped their jaws and gasped for a few seconds, then started laughing and congratulating us.  It was so much fun for me to see their excitement.

We are thrilled to be expecting our baby later this year!


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