Donning her red dress, Sally joined her husband in meeting his mother for their traditional Mid-Autumn Festival dinner of duck, pomelos, and mooncakes. When the meal was over, and before her mother-in-law noticed, Sally grabbed the chopsticks she accidently left upright in the bowl of leftover rice. Stealthily, she lay them horizontal on the chopstick rest uncrossed.
Walking home, Sally avoided the cracks in the sidewalk. She sighed as they crossed beneath the strand of garlic that hung from the top of their front door frame.
Knocking on wood, she declared, “It’s a good thing I’m not superstitious like her.”
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhōngqiū kuàilè) to you, even though it’s not until next Thursday, October 1st. Just a little explanation for the story … You never stand your chopsticks straight up in your food. It represents death, so that’s no good. Also, the wearing of red is good luck in Chinese culture, especially during this festival and Chinese New Year. Pomelos are harvested in the fall and eating them represents blessing. Mooncakes symbolize the moon and family harmony, so eating them during this time signifies happiness and health for the family. Eating duck is thought to nourish the body and symbolizes “getting rid of the oppressor,” according to one source. I don’t know exactly, but Peking duck (Beijing kaoya) certainly is delicious!!
The very interesting photo this week, taken by Dale Rogerson, prompted me to write this story as my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story.
If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories from this week, visit here.