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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Senior Children's Day

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - 10:00


  4. PETER is having screen time.


  5. PETER (V.O): I see that my matriculation classmates are interacting. Let me check what's happening.


  6. Tapping a "Sailingers" chat group, Peter sees a cartoon picture featuring white-haired men and women with the caption: Happy Senior Children's Day!


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, today is Children's Day.


  8. Recalling.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I was a primary school pupil, I thought something good might happen to me on Children's Day.


  10. Recalling.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But, it was just another day.


  12. Clicking a video clip, Peter sees a MAN (70) and a little GIRL (7) speaking.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My friend has got a lovely daughter. She was in kindergarten the last time I saw her.


  14. Act 2


  15. EXT. RESTAURANT - 13:30


  16. Peter is checking the menu.


  17. PETER (V.O.): Let me order the oily Stir-fried Beef Flat Noodles.


  18. Peter does his order at the cashier.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My excuse is Happy Senior Children's Day!


  20. EXT. ESTATE STREETS - 13:45


  21. Traffic lights. While waiting, Peter takes a photo of a kindergarten nearby.


  22. PETER (V.O.): That's the kindergarten where my younger children went.


  23. Recalling.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I believe the chain's first kindergarten was at Tin Ha Road where I walked past it day in and day out in the 1960s.


  25. Recalling.


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was curious about it. I dropped out of kindergarten but had no problem to be admitted to primary school.


  27. Recalling.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yesterday, I watched the 2015 Hong Kong film "Little Big Master". A kindergarten graduation scene struck me.


  29. Recalling.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When my elder daughter was graduating from kindergarten, she chose not to perform on stage at all.


  31. INT. SHOP, CAUSEWAY BAY - 15:00


  32. Having scanned a QR code on Peter's phone screen, a SHOPKEEPER passes him a box containing a Bluetooth speaker.


  33. PETER (V.O.): The product's series has 6 colours. I want to collect them all. My kiddy way to celebrate the Senior Children's Day!


  34. INT. UNIVERSITY CAMPUS, HKU - 16:00


  35. Walkway. Peter sees "HKU 111th Anniversary" logos here and there.


  36. PETER (V.O.): It was a dream come true when I was admitted in 1981.


  37. Pausing.


  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When compared to my alma mater, I'm just one of its senior children.


  39. Law library. A young STUDENT sees Peter reading at a corner.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Is it encouraging or discouraging to see a white-hair guy reading here?


  41. Later, Peter helps himself at a self-service lending machine. Then, we hear an annoying sound.

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What's wrong? I think I've entered the correct password.


  43. A STAFF nearby assists Peter.


  44. STAFF: Oh, someone may have reserved the book you wish to borrow...


  45. PETER: OK! It doesn't really matter.


  46. PETER (V.O.): It's just my bad habit.

  47. INT. STUDIO 19:00


  48. Comparing his new light blue Bluetooth speaker with another one on a desk, Peter looks puzzled.


  49. PETER (V.O): Both are light blue. I thought the one I bought earlier was dark blue.


  50. Pausing.


  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Have I matured into senility?


  52. Act 3


  53. INT. STUDY - 20:00


  54. Working on a laptop, Peter surfs the web.


  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I recall Children's Day is celebrated on different days in different countries or territories.


  56. Peter reads a table on screen.


  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Only Taiwan and Hong Kong observe Children's Day on 4 April. I understand the historical reasons.

  58. Scrolling down the table, Peter stops at a row.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Mainland China and Macau observe Children's Day on 1 June. That was visionary!


  60. Re-watching the cartoon picture of "Happy Senior Children's Day!" and the video clip featuring his friend and his lovely daughter, Peter smiles.


  61. FADE OUT


  62. THE END
























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