November 2, 2015
Nang Chong Stories : Fish Eggs
In the olden days, fish eggs were given away with the fish one bought. Sometimes those eggs not taken by the consumers were also given free to those older people who needed the nutrition.
When my uncles caught fish, they would always reserve the fish eggs for my grandmother.
The fish eggs were usually steamed, sometimes separately, sometimes together with the fish. It was an act of filial piety.
A good fishmonger, of Sibu,our family knew would keep some fish eggs for a few older people, who were weak and sickly.
In those days, I thought he was very kind and generous. Genuinely good person.
It was a very nice gesture from this guy. I once noticed a poor old man coming by his stall and pointed out to the cheapest fish to buy less than a dollar of the fish.
"Enough for lunch and dinner ", the old man said.
And Ah Boon, bless his good heart, without saying anything, wrapped up some fish eggs and gave to him.
The purchase was less than 1 dollar then.
Later Ah Boon whispered to me that the poor man did not have much rice even.
But the scene remains in my memory. What a good man Ah Boon was. He was doing exactly what the Bible says, "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Luke 6:38.
Praise God we have good people to be our role models.
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