The first time I was introduced to ‘The Red Thread’ was when I read the book literally entitled “The Red Thread” by: Ann Hood. This had to be at least five years ago or more. The book was about various American couples who could not conceive and their journey to adopting baby girls from China. It was deemed as fiction, but I am sure there is non-fiction to it. In the book, there was nothing mentioned about the meaning of ‘red thread,’ so my own interpretation was that ‘red’ means luck in Chinese and thread must be some sort of connection to something or someone.
I came across ‘The Red Thread’ again with the current book I am reading now about Chinese immigrants. In less than five lines and in a conversation between parents who adopted their Chinese baby girl, the parents explained that ‘the red thread’ is destiny, fate, and/or a connection that is meant to be and happen with someone and with something. You can’t explain it. You can’t fight it.