Grandfather Kong Siaw Yan
Grandfather Kong suffered when his father death when he was only eleven. It was not easy for him, on one hand everyone was telling him that he was now the man of the house. It was his responsibility to take care of his widowed mother and four younger siblings, yet on the other hand, his domineering Mother vetoed every decision he made. Grandfather Kong had very beautiful handwriting. He told me that when he was young, they were too poor to buy paper and ink. Ah Tai taught him to use water and brush and write on the floor. That was how enterprising Ah Tai was. Grandfather Kong’s handwriting was so good, that when people have invitations cards to address, and letters to write, they came to him as most labourers were illiterate at that time. Nobody knew he had not step even one step into school.
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