My favorite first birthday tradition is the thôi nôi. We set up a selection of items and let Zoe crawl to pick up what was most interesting to her. Her selection determines her future occupation. The items vary, but we chose a passport (diplomat), first aid kit (doctor), pen (writer), notebook (reporter), calculator (engineer), scissors (tailor), camera (photographer), cash (material girl), measuring tape (architect), and hairbrush (hairdresser). And the last moment, Trinh added bowl of food, which Zoe made a beeline for.
Trinh claims that food is a traditional thôi nôi item, but it sure didn’t seem right to me. After all, what baby wouldn’t go for the food first? Trinh at first said that Zoe is allowed two picks, but then explained that because Zoe touched the food with both left and right hands, the thôi nôi was over and that Zoe is destined to be a farmer. After much heated discussion, we removed the food and set Zoe off again. She went for the calculator, but apparently it didn’t count this time.