Today is a special day for me since it is
I don’t always remember that I’m lucky, but the well-wishes from friends and family from all over the world have helped remind me of just how lucky I am to, quite simply put, be here on this earth. Everything else is, as they say,
Case in point: When I was born, I emerged not breathing. Even after the requisite smack, I still didn’t want to breathe. Only after a bit of a beating (and my parent’s extreme worry) was I persuaded to let out my first cry.
I was also born on the “Dia de Espiga”, or Ascension Day. In my native Portugal, this feast celebrating the vision of the ascension of Christ by His apostles, falls 40 days after Easter. Its coincidence with my birth date of May 20 falls more infrequently than even a
In fact, so infrequently, that the next occurrence will be when I turn
The Portuguese traditionally celebrated this holiday by going into the fields to fetch…
poppies (to symbolize the blood of Christ)
olive branches (for peace)
wheat (to symbolize gold)
Since I’ve been nicknamed both “Joaninha” (literally, little Joana or Ladybug) as well as “Joana Espiga”, today’s design could well be my lucky talisman.