Chiyo

[Chiyo] It’s the Year of the Tiger.

2022 is the Year of the Tiger. I happen to have a cousin who actually is a tiger. This was us when we were kids:

A picture of Chiyo the cat and Tomiko the tiger when they were children.

Tomiko is good at a lot of things. She is a fierce leader at the company she works for. She is a go-getter and the pride and joy of my aunt and uncle. Ever since we were little, we were always compared by our relatives.

I always resented her for being the superior feline. (=🝦 ༝ 🝦=) I would dread every family gathering during the Lunar New Year because it became an annual ritual to put me side by side with Tomiko, where ultimately I paled in comparison to her. (╯°□°)╯( ┻━┻

But then… in the end I still like her a lot. Because she never basks in the glory of winning this “competition”. She would shrug it off and say, “What’s the point of this?” And then she would ask me to go and play outdoors with her (where I have to say, we were both equal in our energy to play!).

This year I met up with her again, and now that we are all grown up and we can’t have large gatherings like we did in the past, nobody bothered to compare us anymore. Instead, I had a really lovely New Year meetup with Tomiko as we caught up with each other and wondered why we didn’t do this more often. (´ ᴗ`✿)

Maybe Lunar New Year celebrations aren’t so bad after all.

A selfie illustration of Chiyo the cat and Tomiko the tiger.

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