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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

How Lucky


  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. FUNERAL PARLOUR - DAY


  4. PETER, his WIFE and OTHERS are in mourning dresses.


  5. PETER (V.O.): We and the guests are here to bid our final farewell to my wife's Mom.


  6. Peter is attracted by copies of a funeral memorial.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I like the elegant design which is in harmony with "Mei Lan" - the name of my late Mom-in-law.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've just overheard that she changed her name by herself. She defined herself. Smart!

  10. Picking a copy, Peter begins to read.


  11. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): The memorial documents how my late Mom-in-law has impacted on them - her daughters and grandchildren.


  12. Reading.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm my Mom-in-law's only surviving Son-in-law. I want to tell the world how lucky people can be.


  14. Act 2


  15. INT. FUNERAL PARLOUR - CONTINUOUS


  16. Peter talks to his wife.


  17. PETER: I love the design of Mom's memorial.


  18. WIFE: Have you finished reading it? Do you know who's the "clever person" she referred to all the time?


  19. PETER: Not yet...


  20. Recalling.


  21. PETER (V.O.): My Mom-In-Law loved to talk about the "clever person". I thought she was talking about people generally.


  22. Peter focuses on one story in the memorial.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, in the complementary close of my wife's story, she discloses she's the "clever person".


  24. Pausing.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Having a humble background, my wife is always humble.


  26. Pausing.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When we met in the early 1990s, we were colleagues. I felt her qualities and potential.


  28. Pausing.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I thought it was a waste of her talent to dwell on executive matters.


  30. Pausing.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Working full-time, she was also reading a part-time undergraduate degree then.


  32. Pausing.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): After graduation, I encouraged her to read London U's LLB external program, and also Peking U's LLB part-time program in Hong Kong.


  34. Pausing.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Years later, she got two LLBs, proving her knowledge on both the common law system and the continental law system.


  36. Pausing.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Then, I encouraged her to read London U's LLM external program. And in one year, she got the postgraduate degree.


  38. Pausing.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And during the period, not only that she was working full time, she also gave births to our three children.


  40. Pausing.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She then took one year full-time university study at HKU, doing the PCLL. She had to resign her senior executive position in Government to do that.


  42. Pausing.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It was quite a risk. But I thought we had only one life. If she can be a professional, why should she settle for less?


  44. Pausing.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The transition wasn't seamless, but she pulled through. She has been doing very well as a senior professional.


  46. Pausing.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm humble too. But she likes to keep a very low profile.


  48. Act 3


  49. INT. FUNERAL PARLOUR - CONTINUOUS


  50. Finishing reading the memorial, Peter talks to his wife.

  51. PETER: As an illiterate, Mom's really smart. She saw the potential and qualities in you.


  52. Pausing.


  53. PETER (Cont'd): Learning from Mom's role model, I believe you love me dearly too!


  54. WIFE: Go away!


  55. Pondering.


  56. PETER (V.O.): Was it fate that my Mom-in-law chose to adopt my wife so that she could learn from her?


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Or was it sheer luck that I could marry her adopted daughter to rebuild my family?


  59. Pausing.


  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In loving memory, I must remember how fortunate I really am.


  61. Being directed, GUESTS bow to the alter and then to THOSE in mourning dresses. They bow back.


  62. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): How lucky we all are to have a bondage that makes parting so very hard!


  63. FADE OUT.


  64. THE END




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