Year of the Tiger: A Love Story

Year of the Tiger loved Year of the Dog the first time he saw her.


He pursued her until she loved him back. They were inseparable. They married and ran away from home.

Time passed slowly. Finally they were blessed with one child, Year of the Monkey, a Solitaire.

Monkey made the days and nights seem longer, while the months escaped into years.

Tiger and Dog ran away from home again, this time taking Monkey with them.

They are best, these three, when they pull together. Best when inseparable.

The work of living takes Tiger far away sometimes. It cannot be avoided.

Year of the Dog and Year of the Monkey become a pair. They eat Chinese food or pizza and wait for Year of the Tiger to fly back to them.

Today there will be no waiting. Today they are home, all three. Together they will eat cake. They will feast on the decades and dream of the future.

Happy Birthday, Year of the Tiger. The Lord has been good to us.

Satisfy us in the morning with Your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Make us glad for as many days as You have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
May your deeds be shown to Your servants,
your splendor to their children.
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands. Psalm 90:14-17 NIV

A gift: Perfect Moment by Darden Smith. Love don’t travel in straight lines.

Birthdays are a natural time to take stock of our lives. What’s the state of things in your world today? What or who can you celebrate?

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16 Responses to Year of the Tiger: A Love Story

  1. I’ve had some very good and some very bad birthdays, but as a Monkey myself – I know that the joy is in knowing that you’ve been blessed with another year.

  2. You write beautiful things Year of the Dog.

  3. Krista

    So sweet, that made me tear up…Hope Jeff and you all have fun celebrating!

  4. Ginger Price

    I’m a little verklept…as always this is so lovely Aimee! I’m not sure, but this might be in my top five posts from you. I’ve heard Jeff talk about his patient pursuit of you and it’s such a beautiful story. Why wouldn’t he wait, you are a gem!

  5. Tiffany

    I’m all teary, too :). What a great story of love you two show to the world!! Here’s to many more wonderful birthdays shared together!

  6. I knew I was going to love this from the very first line. Thanks for making me smile today! And Happy Birthday Tiger!

  7. Yeah for ‘Year of the Tiger’ — for his dogged pursuit of ‘Year of the Dog’.
    May all three of you have a wonderful birthday celebration.

  8. Well written, Aimee. Year of the Snake here, blessed with God, my family, my talents, and good health. Happy birthday to you and yours. :)