2019年4月2日

路不拾遺



據《明報》報道,一位七十多歲的母親,在溫哥華架空列車站附近,遺失了一個裝有八千元現金的錢包。那是她女兒去留學的費用。幸好遇上一位好心人,把錢包還給她,並拒絕接受酬謝。

看似天方夜譚的事,巧合地發生在女兒身上。剛大學畢業,幸運地找到一份不錯的工作。拿了工資,買一個名貴的錢包,獎勵自己。還準備了一些現金,放進錢包裡,說要為爸爸、媽媽買一點禮物。

那天,她如常乘搭架空列車,從列治文到市中心上班。到了市中心,下車並準備出閘。那一刻,發現錢包不見了。女兒很慌張,打電話問我如何是好。言談間,我感覺女兒很自責。那是她第一次打工,很辛苦賺來,準備為爸爸、媽媽買東西的錢。

我正在上班,唯有極力安慰她,著她找車站職員幫忙,並把事情記錄在案。

一星期後,女兒收到公車局來電,說找到了她的錢包,着她盡快取回。經過一輪手續,拿到了錢包,點算之下,所有東西原封不動,一分錢也沒少。我們不知那位好心人是誰,只能在此謝過。

有些人總是少了一點互信。職場如此,家人、朋友也是如此。更離譜的是,夫妻也不相信對方。未「結」已為「分」作打算,草擬好合約,才跟你走進教堂。恍如電視劇《再創世紀》的情節,令人唏噓。

在大學圖書館工作,不時有好心人交來失物。當我把失物交還給學生時,我感受到他們從驚慌到感激的喜悅。有幸在象牙塔尖,為充滿愛心的學生服務,陪伴着他們成長,那種滿足感,是「幾多錢都買唔到」的。

這世界充滿溫暖。路不拾遺,並不是遠古的傳說。


--  English Translation  --

This is a news story on Ming Pao Vancouver:  a 70-year-old mom lost her wallet with $8,000 cash in it.  She lost her wallet near the Marine Skytrain Station.  That is the money for her daughter's tuition fee. Fortunately, her wallet is in the hand of a good-hearted person.  He returned the wallet to this old mom, also refused to accept any reward.

It seems that the things of the Arabian Nights happen to the daughter by coincidence.  Newly graduated from the university, lucky enough to find a good job.  When she got her first paycheck, she bought an expensive wallet to reward yourself.  She also took some money and put it in her wallet, prepare to buy something for Mom and Dad.

That day, she took Skytrain to work as usual, from Richmond to Downtown.  When she arrived at Downtown Station and prepare to exit, she couldn't find her wallet.  She was panic and called me for help.  During the conversation, I could feel that she is self-blaming. The wallet and money were her first paycheck, her hard-earned money, and she needed the money to buy something for Dad and Mom.

I was busy at work that time.  The only thing I could do was to comfort her, told her to report the incidence to a station staff, and ask for help.

A week later, my daughter received a call from Translink.  They found her wallet and ask her to take it back as soon as possible.  After some identification process, she got her wallet back.  Believe it or not, everything was intact, and nothing was missing.  We don't know who the good-hearted person is, we can only thank you here.

Not sure why, a lot of time people lost their mutual trust these days.  It happens at the workplace, in the family, and between friends.  Even more ridiculous is that husband and wife do not trust each other.  Legal advisor will tell you to plan for divorce before marriage.  Get a "relationship contract" signed before entering the Church.  

I have the privilege to work at some top ranked universities.  From time to time there are good-hearted student who turns in items found.  When I return things to the panic students, I feel their joy.   Very grateful for the privileges to work at the top of ivory tower, serving the caring and good-hearted student, and accompanying them to success.  Believe me, the kind of satisfaction is something money can't buy.

Our world is warmer than we thought, there are so many good-heart people out there. 

Albert Ng

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