20 Mar 2009 – Kenson, my old friend!
Kenson KWOK is planning a walking trip with Peggy LEUNG, married PUDDEY (Perth) and myself when he retires! The three of us go back to 1954/55, ie as far as I can remember. He is my first non-related male buddy. This relationship has lasted for over half a century in spite of the different directions in our life. Our parents were good friends and they met regularly for lunch or dinner on the weekends. While the grown-ups were busy with mahjong or card games, we kids were busy being children; such fond childhood memories filled with fun and mischief 🙂
Picture taken in 1955 at Victoria Hall: our mothers dressed us as mascots for the Chinese stall’s charity bazaar. At present, Kenson is the director of the Asian Civilisations Museum works next door to VH. Tomorrow he presents the opening address for the Reign of the Kangxi Emperor Conference and noted me as his OLD FRIEND on the attendances’ list. With him turning 60 in Jun and me six months later, is certainly old compared to my children and grandchildren!
The following paragraph about grandparents was forwarded to me today by my first daughter, Linn. ‘My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, ‘Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?’ I mentally polished my halo and I said, ‘No, how are we alike? ‘You’re both old,’ he replied.
Do look forward to learn and know more about the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). It is amazing that my father was born in 1911, the end of the Qing Dynasty. And the last emperor of China Puyi reigned from 1908-1924. Now is that old? Thus making old relative…
The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart – Elisabeth Foley