It's Chinese New Year, and five year-old Lola is enrapt. She pored over a Chinese horoscope chart Iris Uber Alles brought home from second grade. Lola was most taken by the description of those born in the Year of the Monkey: "Monkey people are very funny. They can always make people laugh. They are also very good at solving problems."
"Mommy, do you know any Monkeys?"
Sadly only my ex-husband came to mind, which I (a Dragon) kept to myself.
"I've been looking for someone to help me solve problems."
I suggested that Jim, her pre-k teacher, is good at problem-solving. "We could ask him if he was born in the year of the Monkey."
Lola carried the chart to her father (uselessly born in the year of the Horse). "Do you think Jim was born in the year of the Monkey? Do you know anyone born in the year of the Monkey?"
She sighed when her father was not helpful enough. "It's only I've been looking for someone to help me solve problems."
"What kind of problems do you have?" I asked. Lola was evasive. "Oh, just problems."
I think she's plotting a coup de Iris.
And if you're wondering, I'm a Tiger baby, Yeh! (That was an Austin Powers imitation)
How do you solve a problem like, I-RIS?
oh, and DRINK recipe!
i knew someday being a monkey would pay off! send her my way.
(According to my Chinese boyfriend, I am now 25. I think I'll stick with the Western calendar, where I am 23.)
how do i peel bananas?
how can i swing from trees?
do i need the organ grinder?
who will pick off my nits?
are all monkeys curious, or just george?
I think I'm a monkey. Can I help you Lola! I'll try to make you laugh, and I'll do my best to solve all the world's problems! :-)
ps. i am an ox. although i think i have monkey tendencies. i am a mox.
Hey, horses are clearly superior.
I'm a Tiger, too. I sympathize with the no-help-with-problems feelings, though, I often feel that way myself.
even though I am a Rabbit I feel more like a monkey right now.
Being able to solve Lucy's (as it seems) "private" problems.
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