February 16, 2016
Sibu Tales : CNY Goodies Tray
A lesson from Chinese New Year visiting.." The Goodies Tray"
.I will always remember the lesson learned from a last visit to one of my relative's house. She took out a tray of goodies like this. And she quickly passed it around the small children. (I was about 16 and extremely sensitive). One look at her face all of us children did not dare to take any goodies. A few minutes later, after finishing our soft drinks, without any instruction from any one, we also ran our separate ways without even taking any ang pow from her.
And I truly believe until today, 50 years alter, that she never meant to give us angpows.
Later I discussed this issue with a fellow lecturer (in Psychology) and she said that the impressions children get when doing social visiting could scar them for life!!
I cannot agree more with her.
I appreciate aunties and uncles who smile non stop during Chinese New Year.
Goodies are meant for children who in turn will call "aunty" and "uncle" nonstop ....in the future. We are paying forward.