Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Man Who Never Works Before


I have never seen him worked before.

Many years ago when I was in the primary school, I had always bought cincau drink (A black jelly served with sugar syrup) from her mother during hot weathers. She was a hardworking middle-aged woman with a very kind disposition. I remembered she had to walk more than a kilometer, carrying the two tins of cincau drink with a pole on the shoulder. It was never an easy task and she was sweating all the way. Once in a while, I saw her son followed behind. The cincau drink was sold off in no time. Then I saw the son came forward and asked for money. I remembered hearing this man screamed and cried when his mother refused. The kind and compassionate mother always gave in, though she always advised the son to go get a job.

Some years back, I saw the man again. He was in his mid-50's. He was married with children. He was still doing nothing. But he was bestowed with hardworking children.

I just can't imagine there are people in the world who do not have to work or to help out in family businesses.

I have never greeted the man. I don't think I will ever greet a man who never works before...

7 comments:

Ratty said...

I wouldn't greet such a man either. He probably doesn't deserve it. I always wish for people like this to change their ways, but they almost never do.

gLoR!e said...

There are really some people who like to be spoon feed.

Salute said...

"If a man will not work, he shall not eat." 2 Thessalonians 3:10

rainfield61 said...

I must admit there are many of them in our community. I work in a factory. I get to know some of the lady operators need to continue as contract workers after age of retirement in order to take care of their non-working sons (not children).

The TEFL Don said...

I have noticed this seems common in Thailand too. There are many cultural differences and in my homeland this would be quite uncommon.

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yeokeehui@gmail.com said...

I wonder whether a law is needed to make them work.