1 Thing I Said Today That I Stand by: Making someone else's day is a sure way to make your own.
2 Things I Practiced As a Child That Never Came in Handy: Writing backwards, cartwheels
3 Things I Once Collected, But Don't Anymore: Empty pop cans, playing card designs, Trixie Belden books
4 Flowers I Plan to Have in Our Garden: Lily of the valley, Snapdragons, Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle, Leopard's Bane
5 Animals That I Wish We Had Here in Sweden: Blue Jays, Cardinals, Garter Snakes, Fireflies, Koala Bears
One of the library books that we read the other night mentioned the Chinese calendar, which has led to Martin and Karin being very interested in what Chinese Animal Year they were born into. Martin was born in the year of the Ox and Karin in the year of the Rabbit. They were both a little disappointed, so I said they could borrow mine and Anders' (dragon and tiger).
Oxen are born leaders, inspiring confidence in everyone they come into contact with. However, they can be too demanding. Methodical and good with their hands, they make fine surgeons and hairdressers. I don't think Anders is going to be thrilled with the hairdresser thing.
Rabbits are affectionate, cooperative and pleasant, with lots of friends. But they can get too sentimental and seem superficial. Ideal careers areas include law, diplomacy or the stage. Cooperative! hahahahahah! Although the stage would be the perfect career for my melodrama queen daughter!
Dragons tend to be popular individuals who are always full of life and enthusiasm, with a reputation for being fun-loving. They make good priests, artists and politicians. Hmmm....I think I've missed my calling.
Tigers are sensitive, emotional and capable of great love. However, they have a tendency to get carried away and be stubborn about what they think is right; often seen as a "Hothead" or rebel. Tigers would be excellent as a boss, an explorer, a race car driver, or a matador. A matador!? That's an odd career path to throw in the mix, don't you think?