Since the arrival of our little Hazel, we’ve felt more complete, or at least been told we should feel so. One boy, one girl, there is a little less pressure to go through it all again. We built a perfect American nuclear family, minus 0.2 kids (would a dog count for that?). Malaysians tell us we now have a ‘couple’. My favorite is from the Chinese (and Chinese-Malaysians), who all comment we have now made yi ge hao zi. Translated, we made good.

The Chinese character for good, hao, has two components, one on the left and one on the right. The one on the left is nu, meaning female. That on the right is zi, meaning (male) child. Together, good.

We think it’s great.

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