More from Sunday @ the Farm

As well as being buzzed by once again visiting the ‘farm’ buildings I was so thrilled to be able to visit the grave of my Chinese grandparents. My grandfather’s brothers and spouses are also buried here on this site. As with Chinese beliefs there are also special places for the spirits too. Now, one of my Uncles and his son oversees the upkeep of such a very important part of my family history so huge thanks to them. They do a spectacular job and it is so very special.

All the family who attended the lunch feasting (see last post) then moved across the paddock to the grave sites where we paid our respects. Some bowed three times, others stood, but we all were quiet, paid our respects and remembered our relatives. The grave of my grandfather and his wives is at the very top, with my great grandmother being in the middle near a gentle pond and my grandfather’s brothers and their wives, further down at the front. The view down from the top is as delightful as this one with the flourishing trees and lush green grass.

graves on the farm

graves on the farm

Then it was a quick trip by a fleet of cars (we were supposed to go by bus but narrow roads messed that one) out to Cheng Chek Chee Secondary School. This was Sunday so how wonderful it was that some of the students and staff came to show us around the school. I adored seeing that uniform. And how delightful that the school choir and the drama group were there to put on a presentation for us. The students are impeccably trained because their singing and dramatisation of the songs had everyone (well mostly) clapping for more. I wondered too about the small red box that each chorister was was clasping while they were singing on stage but after their performance my wonder was answered as we were each handed the box which contained a lovely  glass paperweight engraved with the school name and logo. Mine is now proudly sitting here on my desk.

But for me the special moment at the school was meeting Felicity. She is the student who this year receives the prize pack of books (mine). This prize is awarded to the student who has had an exceptional year, tried really hard, and who loves English (not the winner nor the best). And of course this is the Christopher Cheng Prize … pretty cool having my own prize being awarded at the school named after my grandfather! Most of the family don’t know that I give an annual prize and have done so for a few years now! Normally this prize is wrapped by the school and presented at the end of year assembly. All I have to do is sign the books and post them over but the principal thought it most appropriate that seeing as though I was at the school that Felicity and I should meet. So as soon as I climbed to the top of the stairs leading to the assembly hall there was Felicity beaming! I had already scrawled in the books so after a quick chat to Felicity I added her name to the words in the books. Congratulations Felicity and it was so delightful to meet you! Sorry the books weren’t wrapped but we did get to meet! Very hard to top that!

So that is a quick run down of my lightning trip to Hong Kong.

Family. Family. Family. It was so wonderful and very emotional seeing so many of my family again.

Just loved it!

 

5 Responses to More from Sunday @ the Farm

  1. good job, Christopher!

    teresafannin July 4, 2013 at 12:21 am Reply
  2. Thank you Chris!

    Garland July 7, 2013 at 3:20 pm Reply
  3. Hi Chris,
    Your visit to your grandparents graves made my spine tingle. Congratulations – something really special.
    Best wishes (I love Python).
    Crys Mills (Wahroonga PS)

    Crys Mills August 3, 2013 at 10:00 pm Reply
  4. Hi Chris, ‘Great story… very moving! Best wsihes and kind regards, Richard Grosser.

    rikigoRichard Grosser December 16, 2013 at 7:41 am Reply
  5. Hi Chris, We heard about your recent trip to HK and wonder when you’ll come out again? The Christopher Cheng award is terrific!

    Garland March 29, 2014 at 1:21 pm Reply

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