Thursday, September 23, 2010
How Did You Celebrate?
We had a fun Autumn Moon Festival celebration last night. Because of after-school activities we couldn't start until after 7 p.m., so we kept it simple. We met good friends at a Chinese restaurant for dinner. It's always funny when we go to this particular restaurants. Our friends have been going much longer than we have to this particular restaurant, so long that they've nicknamed it "Baby Chinese," since Sydney has been going there since she was a baby. Our family has discovered the restaurant more recently.
Now, the one thing our families have in common is that we have children from China. And, yes, the other mom and I can be proud of our (ahem) zaftig figures. But no one would confuse one for the other. But we've managed to completely confuse the poor Chinese man who owns the restaurant. Sometimes Zoe goes with the other family. Sometimes she comes with our family. Sometimes our two families go together. I'm thinking Sydney might have gone with us one time. So now this poor man can't figure out who is who and which kids belong with whom. It's always a hoot!
Anyway, this so nice man brought us moon cakes to surprise the girls, and they were, indeed, delighted. They threw themselves on the gift with all appropriate shrieks and squeals, very pre-teen girly behavior. So our sweet restaurant owner surely had no doubts about how much his gift was appreciated.
And yes, the moon cake had an egg yolk in the center to represent the moon!
We also shared all the varied stories we knew about the Moon Festival -- Lady Chang Er sent to the moon for taking her husband's immortality pill, the rebels using moon cakes to pass notes about when to attack, the General's daughter using a moon cake to pass escape plans to her captured father. . . .
Afterwards, we did some moon gazing, and all three girls were sure they saw Lady Chang Er in the full moon -- Maya claimed to be able to see her eyelashes!
So how did you celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival?