Wedding Ducks Say Happy Anniversary!
One year ago today, Hudson and I signed a piece of paper in a language we can read but do not understand. Presumably, that document means we are married. Last year, as a gift from one of his students, we received traditional Korean wedding ducks. Unaware of this custom, I took to Google to figure out what was going on with these lovely ducks who so charmingly grace our windowsill.
As it turns out, wedding ducks are actually a very important part of a Korean wedding (though I’ve been to two weddings here and have seen no ducks). Regardless, I hold these ducks in the highest regard. Apparently Mandarin ducks are chosen because they mate for life and if one of them dies, the other duck will mourn. For the record, I would have also accepted wedding penguins or wedding lobsters in lieu of the ducks. There are many rules for the person who carves the ducks, none of which I am sure were actually upheld. Apparently, according to Wikipedia, the carver is supposed to:
1. Be wealthy.
2. Be in good health.
3. Have a good wife.
4. Not have been divorced, nor should he have relatives who have been divorced.
5. Have many sons.
When the carver completes the ducks and gives them to you (for free) he is never to carve another set of ducks in his life for by giving you the ducks he is sharing some of his own fortunes with you. If the ducks are facing each other it represents harmony in the marriage. I guess Hudson will know I’m mad if he comes home and finds my duck turned around. So thank you to whatever random student’s parent decided that we should be blessed with the single ducks their carver will ever carve. Or, more likely, for just buying some mass-produced ducks off a shelf somewhere.
Happy anniversary to us!