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Big Bird and Small Sparrow
“Grandpa, do you see things far away?”
“I wish I do”
“I mean do you or do you not?”
“I know. But I can’t see things far away, because I have glaucoma, and also because I am old. That is why I said I wished.”
“But you often tell me about things far away.”
“Yes, in tine. That is what was in the past, not in future. Far means the future. Dose it not?”
“I don’t really know, Grandpa. Today, Mr. Shaw invited his friend to talk to us. He is a psychologist, Professor Fang who teaches at Stanford University in California.”
No Defeat for Heroes
“Did you read a lot of books, Grandpa?” Nancy asks after school.
“No, dear, I did not have the opportunity. But I read about a lot of things when I was a printer. I read even more when I was selling newspapers.”
“Was that a lot of fun?”
“Well, I wouldn’t call it fun. I did so along with earning money to feed my family, and send your dad to school and university.”
“You are a hero, Grandpa.”
Universities Are for Imagination and Friendship
“Guess what I have, Grandpa?” Nancy came home holding a paper with a big black dot on it, accompanied by a circle of the same size.”
“I see a dot and a circle.” Grandpa responds flatly, not showing much interest.
“Dr. Wei told us that they are a black hole and a white hole. He was explaining how time began and how it travelled from past into the future.” Nancy watches her Grandpa intently, showing how proud she is in what she says.
“That’s very interesting. Who is this Dr. Wei?”
Your Time Is Mine
“Grandpa, do you always have time?”
“Yes dear, I always have time for you. My time belongs to you.”
“How come my Dad says he has no time? He is always in a hurry, walking quickly and driving fast.”
“Well, he uses his time to work and earn money, so you and me I and your parents can have a good life, like eating well, living in a neat house, and talking about things, feelings, questions and school.”
“Grandpa, were you like my Dad too?”
Compassion and Selfishness
“We learned two words today,” Nancy tells her Grandpa after school as they do their daily chat on the old rocker at the front porch.
“Why only two?” Grandpa asks.
“One is already a lot, because its meaning covers far and wide, Mr. Shaw told us.”
“Let me guess. It has four alphabets,” says Grandpa. He and Nancy enjoy playing little games.
“I’ll give you one more chance.”
“I would still say the word love, because no other word has more meaning.”
“Wrong again, Grandpa, we learned the word compassion. It has ten alphabets.”
“What is the second word?”
“It is selfishness.” “OK, what did you learn about the word compassion?
I Got Second Place
Nancy is a starry-eyed student in Mr. Shaw’s Grade 4 class. She likes school very much because everyone there is a friend and, they together listen, learn, play, ask questions and speak, taking turns, or participating in competitions.
Caring the Way Through Life
One favorite topic in Confucius’s teaching was how to be a good and perfect person. His students were all enthusiastic in learning about it.
One day, student Gong asked in class: “Tell me, Sir, would I be a perfect person if, when poor, I do not flatter anyone for awards and, when wealthy, I do not use my riches to downgrade others?”
《The Teaching of Chinese in 90 Years》
On October 13, 2917 the Department of Chinese Studies of the University of Hong Kong celebrated its 90th Anniversary. The exhibition and event were chronicled in a book named Foot Prints.
《To Autumn by John Keats》《致秋天 (濟慈) 》
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness霧天和豐盛果實的季節
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun你是太陽的成熟摯友
Conspiring with him how to load and bless同它合謀如何普降祝福人環
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run; 帶果的藤蔓繞檐攀延
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees, 協同滿身苔綠的蘋果樹在農莊側面
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; 教每棵果實都從核心熟透
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells充大葫蘆教榛子外穀脹硬
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more, 同甜粟米使遲來的繁花開放
And still more, later flowers for the bees, 長久供蜜蜂匆忙 Continue reading
The town, the churchyard, and the setting sun, 夕陽下這小鎮的教堂墓園
The clouds, the trees, the rounded hills all seem, 浮雲樹木山峰和圓
Though beautiful, cold- strange- as in a dream幻夢般的叢林美麗奇寒
I dreamed long ago, now new begun. 我很久以前所夢如今又在夢中
The short-liv’d, paly summer is but won 短促又白熱的夏季把時間轉讓 Continue reading