Something happened today that has greatly saddened me. Because of election commitments, I could not attend the funeral of someone who recently passed away. I have to think that this should be the single most unhappy thing during this election, and the one that I truly cannot remedy.
Sister Ying was the amah of my company HKNet when I started that company, from 1996 to 2000. She left us not long ago due to sickness. She really is not that old, but God has decided to take her with Him.
As an employee, Ying was the most responsible one. We were a small company, and we truly make the most out of everyone. Not only did Ying never complain, there was not a moment that she was not looking for ways to help us, the young ones. Every morning we have our own mug thoroughly cleaned, and filled with the right kind of drinks we like at the right temperature, and she never made a mistake. In fact, most of the monthly bills we sent to our members were hand-folded and put into envelopes by Ying. Nobody ordered her to do such things. But when she saw those of us "managers" or "professionals" being so tied up, she did what she could do to help us, without a word. Everything would be finished on time.
I think Ying had thought of us as children who needed her care. I can never forget that every day at noon, she would gather all the lunchboxes from us, line them up to be heated with the one single microwave machine we had. By one p.m., everyone would have their lunch heated and ready in front of him or her.
She stayed in HKNet after I left in 2000, so she has close to 10 years of service at the company. She is the most loyal employee. One really doesn't need to be a big shot or a politician to be able to say, this life has been worth it. Ying is the best example in person for me, as to what it means by professional, reliable and with integrity.
Unfortunately, although I was to go to the funeral and say my last words of "thank you, goodbye", her memorial service ended much earlier than I thought, so I could go in the end. This is the most sorry thing for me. Sister Ying, I really would remember you in my heart forever.
The fact that I could not come because of the election has made me feel even more like blaming myself. Some of the things that happened today with the election has also greatly saddened me. And because I missed paying my final respects to Sister Ying, I almost felt like crying when I drove home. But I have to say that I was also very angry, so I did not cry. I think to myself, whatever I have committed to do, I will learn from you, Ying, to do it right. You have really changed other peoples' lives and make them better.