+drneal Posted June 30, 2009 Share Posted June 30, 2009 This Coin is dedicated not to the memory of, but to the life of my wife, and best friend, Kathy! I chose the chinese symbol for double happiness, to represent the joy, and happiness shared by Kathy and I, for so many (or perhaps so few,) years. Each of the characters that denote happiness is written as "hsi" or "xi" in Mandarin. In the case of the double happiness sign, the 2 "xi" characters signify the happiness of the couple as they spend their lives together, as Kathy and I did. The Story! The double happiness sign originated from a student's journey during the tang dynasty (sorry...educational stuff.) The boy, who was about to take a final examination fell sick on his way to the capital city. Luckily, the herbalist doctor and his daughter were able to help him. However, the young student soon fell in love with the daughter. Because the girl was also in love with the boy, she wanted to make sure the boy was her perfect match, a yin to her yang, soulmates. And so before the boy left for the capital city, the girl wrote part of a rhyming couplet on paper, with hopes the boy could find its perfect match. At the examination, the emporer asked the boy to finish a couplet....the couplet the emporer gave to the boy was the missing match to his love's rhyme! Pleased with the young man's answer, the emporer mad the boy one of his ministers. Before taking his post the boy went back to the girl and recited her couplet's match. They were happily married soon after. Their happiness was doubled, as their two lives became one! The plaque the coin is modeled after hangs in our living room...I can't really tell you why, but something about it helps me think of Kathy. The Coin! 2" 3.5mm thick 25 glitter green on gold (sorry, pretty well spoken for) 225 glitter green on black trackable on Geocaching.com icon trades only....please e-mail if you have an interest...I enjoy the forum, and will try to accomodate pretty much any trade ILYK Quote Link to comment
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