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Conversation with Father

June 2, 2009

This afternoon I suddenly recalled a conversation between my father and I when I was in primary school. That day I learned in my Chinese lesson a passage about Jeme Tien Yow (詹天佑), who is considered “the father of railways” in China. As you all might know, my father worked in the part of MTR formerly known as KCRC.

Me: Do you know about the life of Jeme Tien Yow?

Father: No.

Me: How can you work in KCRC without knowing much about Jeme Tien Yow?

Father: Do you know about the life of the apostle Peter?

Me: No.

Father: How can you study in St. Peter’s Primary School without knowing much about Peter?


I became speechless afterwards.

If we had the chance to carry out this conversation again, I would have replied “I am just a little kid but you’re an adult and you should know more than I do”, but apparently I wasn’t that witty at that time (not that I am anything close to witty now). However, at the age of 22, I also know that one doesn’t need to know about Jeme Tien Yow in order to work in the railway industry, thus this conversation wouldn’t have been started.

I don’t know why I am writing this, but utter randomness seems to be the very link that connects all of us together.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Miah permalink*
    June 2, 2009 9:18 am

    I laughed aloud at your father’s punchline.

    I do like it when people 幽我一默. Increasingly, I find people often take good-hearted witty comments as “俾人串”, which bothers me a little.

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