The Poem of the Moon
Written by Jackie Kai Ellis and translated by her mother, Stella Kai.
There’s an old poem from the Song Dynasty my mother had told me about. It was by a poet named Dong Po, which spoke of a man living far from his family during a time of traditional festivity. As he longed to be near his loved ones, to celebrate alongside them, he looked up at the night sky and found comfort in the thought that they, too, gazed upon the very moon he was admiring.
My mother, Stella, has lived away from her home for more years than she was actually there. She grew up in Hong Kong and emigrated at the age of 21 after my dad wrote her a letter asking her to join him in Canada, to marry him. And as with her own mother before her, who left Northern China during wartime; and me, leaving Vancouver to study pastry in Paris – we each had packed a bag and tread unknown paths to faraway places, far from familiar people. Each of us like Dong Po’s character, yearning and yet familiar with bittersweet memories of past holidays, when we were together.
With this Lunar New Year, many of us find ourselves unexpectedly far from our families. It’s true that this year we must change the way we give, though giving is still the vein through which our love flows. Instead of visits, we will send messages and videos. Instead of sharing a meal, we will send boxes of traditional sweets. Instead of handing lucky envelopes, we will find new ways to send our wishes of prosperity around the world.
For me, it was natural to gift my mother this Bijoux Birks Dare to Dream New Year. One for each of us to wear, another beautiful connection to share for future moments near and far…since, as Dong Po so eloquently wrote, it is a precious gift to behold the same beauty, no matter the distance.
A selection of meaningful pieces for you to share with your loved ones, carefully chosen by Maison Birks: