Mum called early this morning, "Have you eaten tang yuan today?"
Oh, it's Dong Zhi or winter solstice already? I wasn't aware of course. We have no winter here!
It's a day for the traditional Chinese to reunite with the family for a feast. Eating tang yuan is a must as the round glutinous rice balls represent reunion and happiness.
Mum still prepares them every year. She says dongzhi brings the family closer together. Of course I would have to make a trip back during lunch to eat her tang yuan. That would make her very happy especially now that the house is not as lively as before.
Both my nieces no longer spend their days there now that they are in the day-care. Ting will be starting primary one next year, so we'll see even less of her.
Now that the house is so quiet, I should try to visit my mum more often. Today sounds like the perfect day for a visit!