The holiday season is a time of joy, time spent with family and friends. Despite this joyous holiday, I cant't help but recall those to whom I was close who are no longer here on earth. A few years ago one of my closest friends died and her daughter gave me this piece of jewelry, which I wear every day. One of my former students is fluent in Chinese and has told me that the design seems to be a syylized version of the character for "longevity." I'll accept that!!