Double Happiness 020As a surprise on Valentine’s Day, son, Rick, came home for the weekend.  He works for a company called Reynold’s Polymer Technology and brought us the most unique gift.  It is a Chinese symbol called Double Happiness that dates back to the Tang Dynasty  (618 to 907 AD) and has long been essential to any Chinese wedding ceremony.  This particular piece is one of only two in the entire world and Rick made them both.  Ours is the first one he ever made.

Double Happiness 022The picture to the right is Rick in our kitchen working on the symbol to remove any grease pencil marks or fingerprints from his work, which is an one inch thick acrylic piece of art.  It weighs nine pounds and, if you notice the top piece, you’ll see that it is joined where it normally would not be.  He made it that way to provide a perfectly balanced place from which to hang it..

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I have to tell you that it is, by far, the most unique Valentine’s Day gift either of us has ever received and it will forever be a treasure to our hearts and in our home.  It is used a lot in the practice Feng Shui and we have spent many hours trying to determine the exact location in which to hang it. Traditionally, it would be placed in the Love & Marriage section of one’s home or room, but after much thought, my husband and I decided to hang it in the perfect spot in our house (in both our opinions) which just happens to be the area known as Children & Creativity.  We thought that would absolutely be the most appropriate spot.  It truly is a gift of love for which we are very grateful.

Below is our piece of art as it looks when placed on the carpet and you can clearly see the outline of the symbol there.  Beautifully done!

Double Happiness 003Rick went home this morning, but we had Double Happiness 018an incredible Valentine’s Day with him and a wonderful weekend visiting, feasting and catching up on that which is  current in all of our lives.  He is helping me select a smart phone, tablet and lap top and lugged along all of his to demonstrate and give me his opinion.  Looks like he truly did provide his parents with Double Happiness this year…in more ways than one.  I hope all of you had as much love and happiness as we had at our house. Thanks for stopping by.  I do hope you’ll leave a comment to let me know that you were here.


About jtzortman

Author of "WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW" - A Grandparent's Journey Through Grief, first place award winning novel "FOOTPRINTS IN THE FROST" and award-winning novel "SNOW ANGEL". Contributing author to anthologies "Felons, Flames & Ambulance Rides", "American Blue", "Recipes by the Book: Oak Tree Authors Cook" and "The Centennial Book of The National Society of Daughters of the Union 1861-1865". Numerous articles, poems and short stories published since 1990. Charter Member of the Public Safety Writers Association and member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Winner of ten writing awards. I live in a quaint Colorado mountain tourist town with my husband and Siamese cat. When deeps snows blanket the terrain and spectacular views from my windows, it becomes the perfect spot in which to write.
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  1. Linda says:

    A visit with our children is the most precious gift they can give us; they don’t realize how short life truly is. I miss my parents so much and have so many unanswered questions I would like to ask them. God bless your Rick for his gift and his gift of his time.


    • jtzortman says:

      Hi Linda – You are absolutely right. Yes, Rick made Valentine’s Day extra special for us this year and we love his gift. I was thinking about you today since we’ve not communicated for awhile.



  2. mmgornell says:

    Beautiful! What a lovely gift from your son. Funny, we are connected in several ways it seems, not just Ravens. We have a calligraphy print of Double Happiness hanging over our kitchen sink. I’d send you a picture, but both cameras are broken (don’t have a smart phone either!)–but when one camera gets back from repair (tossing the other) will try to remember to send you a picture. Lovely pictures of you and family, and lovely scenery. (PS, Valentine’s Day is our anniversary–seemed right at the time-1969- seems schmaltzy(sp) now!) Love the snow–to look at that is!


    • jtzortman says:

      Hi Madeline – How ironic is it that you also have a print of Double Happiness? Yes, do send me a picture when you get your camera back. I’d love to see it. I don’t think it’s schmaltzy at all that you two got married on Valentine’s Day. That’s quite romantic, actually. Thank you for all of the nice comments.


  3. Barbara Shepperson says:

    I love Rick’s gift to you and so glad you had a great visit with him! Thanks for sharing your awonderful Valentine’s Day with us, along with your terrific pictures.


    • jtzortman says:

      Hi Barb – Yes, we love it, too, and it was nice to have him home for the weekend. Strange as it sounds, it’s quiet without all the chatter in the house, now that he’s gone home and back to work. I’m hoping to get a letter written to you soon. Still having trouble with my wrists and hands, so I have to limit my time on the computer and long-hand is out of the question. But I think of you daily and love you, Cuz!


  4. Olivia Milton-Piatek says:

    Rick looks so much like Richard, sans the hair…..I’ll always think of him as the 16 year old who went fishing with us up to the Buckhorn. He and I tried to catch fish in a hat!!! I’m so glad that he was able to spend the Valentine weekend with you guys. His gift is precious…..just as you two are to him!


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