The observations from life, translated…
Worked until the afternoon, I’d often needed to get some fresh air outside, I’d always had a book with me, and, coincidentally, a lot of people are like me, with a book in their hands too, and, we’d exchanged knowing smiles with each other, it’d added some scholarly feel to the entire street. We’re all waiting for an elderly man.
At four, a blue pick up showed, with several bamboo steaming baskets. The elderly man walked out of the car, and, everybody rushed up to him, to buy the aromatic buns, and, those who got their hands on the buns, all smiled so radiantly. This elderly from Sandong, has a different way of doing business compared to others, he’d allowed the customers to trade in an old book, for a bun; everybody is allowed one book, one bun, on one day, and, he’d only given out ten buns every single day, as for the types of books traded for the food, there’s no specifications of what kind.
The way he’d given the buns out quickly spread, it’d made the employees sort through the old books. After all, trading the old books for the buns, is much better than taking the old books to the recycling stations for money.
Why would the elderly trade the buns for the books? Turns out, when he was growing up, he was impoverished, didn’t have the opportunities to get an education, he’d taken the advantage to learn now, in the evenings, he’d gone to the elementary school to make up for the lack of education, started with the basics of the Chinese phonetic spellings; during the day time, he’d utilized the skills in making the buns from back home, and peddled the buns. After several years of hard work, he’d gotten the equivalency degree for elementary school graduate, and had a high interest for reading, but because he didn’t have the extra money to buy the books, he’d used the tit-for-tat to get more books, for his buns.
He’d read any and everything, even the hardest texts on the subjects of physics too, if he couldn’t understand it, he’d asked the school instructors. And, year after year, he’d managed, to accumulate a ton of knowledge, and can carry on in conversation with his customers on various subjects.
He said, that reading is really useful, he’d once received a volume of books on investments, and after he’d read it, it’d sparked his interests in the finances, he’d started investing in the stock markets, and, found a way to make profits after trial and error. Now, although he looked ordinary, but, he has two properties, and sizeable savings, and, selling the buns became something he did for the sake of exercises.
He’d accredited everything he has to the old books. From the elderly, I deeply saw the concept of “reading is knowledge”, he has this eternal love for learning, something I can take after.
And so, because this elderly didn’t have the money for school when he was younger, he’d gotten his alternative education, and, this, is by feeding to his own interests in reading. This also shows, how there IS that house of gold in books!