It’s seen all over Japan, China and Hong Kong, this little cat. Mine is about 5cm tall and lives on my kitchen window sill.
The Maneki Neko, literally “Beckoning Cat“; also known as Welcoming Cat, Lucky Cat, Money cat, or Fortune Cat. Sometimes incorrectly labelled Chinese Lucky Cat) is a common Japanese sculpture, often made of ceramic, which is believed to bring good luck to the owner. The sculpture depicts a cat (traditionally a Japanese Bobtail) beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed—many times at the entrance—in shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors, and other businesses. Some of the sculptures are electric or battery-powered and have a slow-moving paw beckoning. In the design of the sculptures, a raised left paw supposedly attracts money, while a raised right paw protects it.
Blogging, for me, was much like placing a Maneki Neko out in the ether and welcoming strangers into my life. I waved and friends came rolling in, like a tsunami of unexpected riches. Gems, each and every one.
Now, that indefatigable source of unselfish daily support and uplifting advice, Doctor Sana Johnson-Quijada, has given me a ‘Stylish Blogger Award’. Thank you, Doc, for the award and for all that you put out there for people in need.
And so, in keeping with the rules of accepting this award, here are 7 things about me:
- I am the eldest of 3 children.
- For the first 5 years of my life, I was the (cherished) only grandchild on both my mother and father’s side of the family.
- I never experienced nastiness in any form until I was 8 years old and a girl at school called me a dwarfy shrimp.
- Being laughed at for being smaller than everyone else gave me a lifelong hatred of discrimination in any form.
- I set aside 15 minutes every morning, upon waking, to worry about things. Then I get up and make coffee.
- I obsessively feel paper to ‘measure’ it’s stock quality; price tags in stores, menu cards in restaurants, books, business cards, posters … this is probably due to spending most of my adult life in the advertising industry.
- I regard a glass of good wine at the end of the day as my birthright. Winemakers all deserve to have a sainthood bestowed upon them.
The second rule of the award is to forward it to 6 bloggers. I am going to break this rule; I have spent an hour trying to choose from the 70-odd bloggers I subscribe to. I honestly cannot eliminate a single one of them, let alone narrow them down to 6.
They are simply too important to me, each and every one has a special place in my heart.