The Chinese character on her sweater is her name; and this sweater was designed and painstakingly hand kitted by me. I almost used up all my knowledge in algebra and geometry to get it look straight and right.
The character reads "Tan", which can mean a lot of different things when using with different other characters, such as smoothness in "Ping Tan(平坦）”, frankness in "Tan Shuai” (坦率）, sincerity in "Tan Cheng(坦誠）”, broad and level in "Tan Dang”(坦蕩）, etc. All good things. It looks like a sun just arose from the horizon; full of hope. I gave this name to her and hoped that she would have all these beautiful characters with her.
Another reason why I chose this word for her was based on my study of “I Ching （Book of Changes)” and the “Theory of Five Elements”. The word Tan contains the element of earth, which is believed to be able to support (or produce) metal. And according to my daughter’s birth year, she is of “metal texture of life” . So her earth-containing name will support her “metal texture of life” and bring her health and good luck. I also wanted to choose a simple; suitable for both boy and girl, yet not too widely used word. I didn’t know my baby’s gender during my pregnancy. In China, because of the one-child policy, doctors were not allowed to reveal the unborn babies’ genders. So for all these reasons added, I almost went through all the Chinese characters which has “earth element” with them. And in the end, I chose the word “Tan”.
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