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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

In Loving Memory

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  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


  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


  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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