PTU Supermarket

這一天,去了旺角 PTU 逛。不是杜琪峰電影的 PTU (Police Tactical Unit,即藍帽子),是教協, Professional Teachers’ Union 。這個名字真奇怪,為甚麼要注明 Professional? 我從來沒有聽說醫生會叫自己 Professional Doctor,律師叫自己 Professional Lawyer,偏偏教師協會要叫自己 Professional Teacher,好像這世界除了 Professional Teacher,還有不少 Not Professional Teacher 。

估不到這裏像超級巿場,而且有點舊,像大陸的超巿,又或者裕華國貨。賣的東西,應有盡有,電器,熱水壺,藍罐曲奇,瑤柱,文具,書本。玩具也有,很經典的,鬥獸棋,陸軍棋,大富翁,Cluedo,Risk,都是特價的。在這超巿裏,連VHS 錄影帶也有不少,感覺真像時光倒流二十年。連這裏的顧客,衣著打扮也都比較土。

想起每個月送來學校的免費教協報紙,裏面除了一眾老師的專欄文章,痛心疾首地說教師壓力大,教改失敗,其餘版面多是說教協近期有甚麼特價貨品,還有各式旅遊、銼墨魚團之類的廣告。看著老師們大袋細袋的掃貨,可能為了辦年貨吧。雖然我也是其中一份子,但也不禁搖頭,社會上常有些言論說,找不到工作、受不了商業社會運作的人,才會走去教書。沒有聽說過其它行業的協會有這麼多福利,偏偏教師有,那不是更予人口實了嗎?可能我比較偏激,朋友倒是坦然,笑說老師也是人啊。

我結果也買了幾本書、一些文具。走出教協,西洋菜街上燈火通明,到處推銷電話、寬頻,雖然同是旺角,八樓的教協和街頭上一比,真像是兩個世界。

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星期六早上,難得不用上課。讀 Tuesday with Morrie 。很想拋下一切事,做自己真正想做的。兩年教野,夠了,趁後生,應該多試試不同的工作。

書中的主角 Morrie 患的是肌萎縮性脊髓側索硬化症(ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis),只捱了不久便全身機能壞死,過身了。原來霍金患的也正正是這種病。翻開《宇宙簡史》一查,霍金 1942 年出世,21 歲發現患病,現在 2007 年,即是 65 歲了,患了這個病已經是四十多年!

Tuesday with Morrie 所講的,把每一天當做最後一天,愛身邊的人多一些。很多人越長大,越偏離自己的理想,忙碌奔馳而不知為了甚麼。但只是知易行難,人生總是 Keep Running,難以停下來。

Some Quotes from “Tuesday with Morrie”:

“When you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”
未知死,焉知生?

“Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them, too – even when you’re in the dark. Even when you’re falling.”

“As you grow, you learn more. If you stayed as ignorant as you were at twenty-two, you’d always be twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It’s growth. It’s more than the negative that you’re going to die, it’s the positive that you understand you’re going to die, and that you live a better life because of it.”

“Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.”

“Don’t hang on too long, but don’t let go too soon.”

“Is today the day? Am I ready? Am I doing all I need to do? Am I being the person I want to be?”

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