Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
My daddy says he is the luckiest person he knows. And all of his luck is bad.
He also says being lucky and unlucky is a superstition.
He believes something Thomas Jefferson said, “I find that the harder I work the luckier I am.”
I think that means that when you work hard things find a way of turning out for the better more often than not.
In China there are some lucky and unlucky numbers.
2 – Chinese think good things come in pairs. Japanese think it is bad luck to give money to someone at a wedding that can be divided in half.
3 – sounds like birth in Chinese.
7 – is good for relationships and is one number that is also considered lucky in the West.
8 – is the luckiest number except for double 8s and triple 8s. It sounds like wealth and prosper. But some people might think too much wealth is not a good thing.
9 – is connected to the Emperor and sounds like the word which means long lasting.
0 – sounds like emptiness. Don’t give $20 to anyone. Give them $21.
4 – sounds like death. The same in Japanese.
28 and 38 can be double lucky or triple lucky
5354 – not alive and not dead.
I suppose there are other combinations, too.
Do you have an unlucky number?
My favorite number is 127. It’s my birthday – January 27.
Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.