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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

In Loving Memory

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. SLEEPING ROOM - DAY


  4. Waking up, PETER feels for his eyes.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Oh, I slept without putting on my eye mask last night.

  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): And life has given me another day.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Today is the first day after the New Year that we can do the funeral ceremony of my mother-in-law.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She passed away before the Chinese New Year but funeral homes were fully-booked.


  12. Pausing.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Acknowledging her death in loving memory, the funeral service provides a psychological mooring to my family and relatives.


  14. Act 2


  15. INT. SLEEPING ROOM - CONTINUOUS


  16. Peter takes a look of his sleeping WIFE.

  17. PETER (V.O.): My wife and I married in 1993, although we held our wedding banquet two years later.

  18. Pausing.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was a widower and had the urge to rebuild my family. My son then was only 2 1/2.


  20. Pausing.


  21. PETER (V.O.): I was very grateful to my mother-in-law for accepting me.


  22. Recalling.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She was very kind to me. She was most anxious that my wife and I were well-fed.


  24. Pausing.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She had an adopted son and an adopted daughter. In the 1960s, she adopted my wife as her second daughter.


  26. Pausing.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My wife's maternal mother is my mother-in-law's younger sister who has eight issues.


  28. Pausing.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But later, she separated with her husband. And her first two adopted children got married.


  30. Pausing.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): So, my wife was closest and dearest to her.


  32. Pausing.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Throughout the years, I witnessed that they were very attached to each other, and bonding has never been an issue.


  34. Peter's wife wakes up.


  35. WIFE: I'm going with my elder sister to take my Mom out...


  36. Peter nods.


  37. PETER (V.O.): On this occasion, it'd be very hard.


  38. Pausing.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We used to go to the elderly home to see her. Occasionally, we'd also take her out to restaurants to have dim-sums.


  40. Recalling.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's obvious that she enjoyed our company more than anything.


  42. Recalling.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The most joyful occasion was our meeting on the first day of the Chinese New Year.


  44. Pausing.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But our very good practice came to an end this year...


  46. Signing.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My mother-in-law was 94.


  48. Act 3


  49. INT. SLEEPING ROOM - CONTINUOUS


  50. Recalling.

  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A Quoran has asked me which stage of life is the hardest?


  52. Pausing.


  53. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While our wants might not be met during childhood or adolescence, we've all the time in the world.


  54. Pausing.


  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To understand one's identity during young adulthood isn't easy, but it can be discoverable and learnable.


  56. Pausing.


  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): During mid-life, we dedicate to our career to add value. Having the experience, it isn't that hard to resolve challenges.


  58. Pausing.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The hardest stage of life is old age, as we're wise enough to know that the things to come are beyond our control.


  60. Signing.


  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But those we love should never go away. They're in our hearts. And love lives on.


  62. Peter begins to type on his laptop.


  63. FADE OUT.


  64. THE END


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