Better to give than receive. In Chinese, we have the same saying. (I’m not sure if this saying comes from the western world or China first.) I don’t understand this until I work. A couple of days ago, I received a box of mooncake and a red packet from our company. They are the gift for the coming Mid-Autumn Day. I was so happy to receive the gifts because it was the first time I shared the employee benefits. Last summer I travelled the Pearl-River-Delta with Mei, a reporter from Asian Wall Street Journal, to interview workers about their benefits and living conditions. At that time, I was touched by the true stories of the workers, some of whose age were even younger than me. I interviewed them and was led to see what we were allowed to see in the factories. Today, I am a full-time working girl, and now I understand how important it means to the staff when receiving the concern and care from the bosses. It’s really a matter of humaneness. Perhaps the more they receive, the more they are willing to give (to contribute to the factory). Of course, my understanding adds into my interview with the migrant workers.
I spent my salary on two boxes of mooncakes and a few birthday gifts for my Dad. The coming Mid-Autumn Day and my Dad’s birthday (one day after the holiday) will be the first ones since I stepped into the working industry. It means a lot to me to buy gifts and send them to the ones who I respect the most and who care about my growth very much. I couldn’t wait giving the gifts to my dad–and Dad also couldn’t wait wearing the pair of shoes I got him. He did wear them to my aunt’s last night . I guess he’s happy; my aunt and uncle were happy; and I was happy, too. Yes, it’s a pleasure to see how appreciative receivers are. I like receiving–I like that surprise, that joy and the laughter or smile on the giver’s face; since I work, I also like giving–I appreciate that surprise, that exhilaration and the sweetness inside my heart. Gradually, I get to understand why Mom and Dad often wanna get the bill first when having dinner with friends and relatives. Haha, I ponder work has made me more sophisticated…