Da Jie knew that any day now, her mother would give birth to a baby and this was a thought that filled her with Exceeding Joy. To have a sibling, fourteen years younger and most assuredly a girl, would be the one movement in the universe that would finally put right all that had so far gone wrong in Big Sister’s short teen life.
She practiced writing her soon to arrive little sister’s name every night. She used reams of paper perfecting the the way the letters would lay above and below the line. With each stroke her bond to this baby became as close as ink stained on paper.
Da Jie is now an old woman and the hoped for baby sister turned out to be a boy. But this brother became like a son to her. She would later say that his birth saved her life. After he was born, she had purpose and a place to go. She carried him around on her hip until he could run and he slept tucked under her arm until she went to university.
“So it is fitting”,Big Sister thought to herself, “That tonight I am again practicing calligraphy, trying out names that have yet to be spoken for a boy yet to be born.”
This boy is the son of Da Jie’s little brother. He will arrive in the world at any hour now and she will never be the same. He, like his sister, will bring exceeding joy to their old Gu Ma. The name she practiced over and over was Exceeding Heaven.
~I am waiting in Shang Hai for news from Hong Kong and will fly with my reams of paper as soon as I am called. The Vegetable Cleaning Brush purchased in Hang Zhou on New Year's eve, worked perfectly. A new modern kind of calligraphy!