I've written about my Chinese name before, but I found this painting of my name as I was packing up my old apartment.
Ten years ago a student gave me this name because she said it described me; she said I smiled and laughed a lot and that she knew I loved Jesus.
Many Americans get Chinese names that sound like their English name, but mine obviously does not. It sounds Chinese not western, and I like that.
Also, when people hear my Chinese name, they immediately know I am a Christian, and I like that too.
Can you see how the artist changed parts of each character in my name into an animal? The family name, the top character, has a bird in it. The first character of the given name, the middle character, has butterflies on the top and an ancient Chinese coin in the middle. The last character has a dragon and then little hearts make up part of the radical for "heart" in the word grace.
I've had this painting since 1998. It is matted, but I've never framed it. Maybe part of the reason is that it is too colorful for my personal decorating tastes. However, I do like it . . . maybe I will change the mat from red to black and actually frame and hang it in my new home.