8th Aug 2010 (22)
My father was an auxiliary policeman in Hong Kong when I was about eight
years old. Whenever he packed for the annual training camp, he put all his
gear in a large sac provided by the Police Force which he tied with a fat
string at the opening. I have vivid memories of him polishing his heavy-duty
police boots. What he did was he spitted on the boots after putting shoe
cream on the boots, and then rubbed them hard with a cloth. The boots
came out sparkling and shining. I am not sure whether this is a correct
method to polish the boots. He received three medals for defending Hong
Kong during the war with the Japanese.
I would say my father was a loner. He had a peculiar attitude in life. He
disliked rich people but despised people who were not so well off. He
always taught us not to lend anything including money to other people in
school, not even a rubber to our schoolmates. He had a temper too. When
he had an argument with my mother and became very angry, he would
throw his bowl of rice outside the window. Fortunately, he had not hurt
anybody!! My second younger sister who would never do anything right
received most of the cursing from him. She never received any tender love
from her parents, except our grandmother who brought her up in her early
years. It was not surprising that she did not feel attached to the family as
she grew up. On the other hand, none of us were ill-treated. However, I had
never heard of modesty, kindness, sincerity, charity, helpfulness and
in our childhood.
He often took me to see movies and he was a fan of Charlie Chaplin. I was
brought up watching cowboy films.
I had never heard of modesty, kindness, sincerity, charity, helpfulness and
compassion in my childhood.