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圣诞娃娃

圣诞娃娃

昨晚,我一边包圣诞礼物,一边在自言自语....

记得,约十年前,我药剂行的澳洲洋人老板问我,“你是华人,不庆祝圣诞的,对吗?你是佛教徒,不庆祝圣诞的,对吗?那你在圣诞当天上班一定没问题吧?"这哪是问我,简直是要我内疚,要我上班 (注:我是那间药剂行唯一的亚裔药剂师。那间药剂行365天都开足13个小时)。

我心里算一算,“哗!十三个小时,双倍工钱,即可赚二十六小时的工钱。划算划算。” 那时,我刚大学毕业,穷,又要学人储钱旅行,傻。我假装推迟一下,就答应下来了。反正,我是真的不庆祝圣诞的。接下来的五,六年,我的圣诞都是在店铺里过,从早上七点到晚上十点。我一点都不在意,顾客很少,很空闲,不难挨过。

一直到四年前,圣诞还是与我无关。没想到,现在,圣诞突然变得这么重要 -圣诞树, 礼物,卡片,火鸡,团圆,假期,派对,还有白雪飘飘。

人生一个转弯,有些重要的好像变得不重要了,不重要的好像开始重要起来....

今早起来,我忘了昨晚思考的问题,匆匆赶去预定两个蛋糕 – 一个要带去明晚朋友家的派对,一个要带去圣诞晚Ed大家族的团圆晚餐。今天不预定,明天一定卖清光!26日晚,和Ed父母吃饭要带的已准备....

愿祝大家圣诞快乐!

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Last night, I was talking to myself while I was wrapping Christmas presents….

I still remember vividly how my boss asked me to work on Christmas Day. It was about 10 years ago, ‘Shirley, you are a Chinese, Chinese doesn’t celebrate Christmas, right? You are a Buddhist, Buddhist does not celebrate Christmas, right? So, I think you are the best person to work on Christmas Day !’ Since I was the only Asian in the pharmacy, and he was right about a Chinese Buddhist (plus as a immigrant whose family is in Malaysia) does not celebrate Christmas.

So, I accepted the offer. Well, who won’t? The shop opened on Christmas Day for 13 hours, and I got paid double. In fact, being a poor newly graduate who dreamed of saving for travel, I felt grateful to have the shift ! Since then, my boss never failed to give me the Christmas shift and all my Christmas for the following 5 or 6 years were spent in the pharmacy from 7am to 10pm. Frankly, I did not mind at all. The pharmacy was normally quiet on Christmas Day and it was not a difficult shift.

It was not until 4 years ago, I stopped working on Christmas Day. Prior to that, Christmas was just another day for me. I am surprised to realise that it has suddenly become important in my life – the Christmas tree, Christmas presents, the turkey, Christmas parties, family gathering, holiday, Christmas cards,  and the previously unthinkable White Christmas. I have them all now.

Life is interesting, just a small twist and turn, previously important things are no longer important, and what never appeared important has suddenly play an important role in my life….

Woke up this morning, totally forgot what I was pondering last night, I rushed to Loblaws to order two cakes – one for tomorrow night Christmas Eve dinner with friends, one for Christmas Day dinner with Ed’s extended family.  I know if I don’t order today, I will have trouble getting the cakes I want tomorrow. And we have already prepared what we want to bring for 26th dinner with Ed’s parents….


Merry Christmas to you all !!!

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上周末,气温出奇地热,约30度,是破了这几年来秋天最热的记录。

怎知,两,三天后,气温突然降到12至14度,还下大雨和刮风。

Ed说,这才算是平常的秋天天气。

可是,一个措手不及,我还是着了凉。

我想, 是那天我去上法文班淋到雨时开始的。

头痛鼻塞,呼吸不到,最受不了,什么心情思绪都没了。真讨厌!

没什么,只是很少感冒,没想到这么辛苦,要发发牢骚。

要提醒自己,下回工作时,要对着凉的病人多点爱心。

还有,去药剂行买一些帮忙通鼻和润喉的糖果时,看到一些无助的病人。

在加拿大,感冒的药物和其他商品摆在一起。

即,自己拿就可以了,药剂师不过问。

病人看着一大堆的药物,抓头也不知什么才好。随手拿算了。

我看得心惊,真想问他 – 你有高血压吗? 有高血压的话,最好不要用这个。

真想告诉他 – 这个会有头晕的副作用,用时,最好不要开车。等等….

在澳洲,感冒药物的买卖都要经过药剂师或药剂师的助手。

主要是要帮助病人选最适合和对他们最安全的药物。

虽然,有些病人都会很不耐烦,怎么药剂师有那么多无谓的问题。

可是,小心能驶万年船。

感冒不是大病,它的药物虽大都安全,可是还是有副作用。

用得不妥当,是对身体有害的。

像在这里,病人可以随意买,虽然没澳洲那样啰哩啰嗦,可是看得我很担心…

没办法,我这个着凉了的澳洲药剂师还有一病 – 职业病。

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老板下星期一渡假回来, 我的上班生活也即将结束。(也希望我会有多些时间写部落啦:)

那一星期60个小时的工作,每天只少两个小时的来回车程,和那帮老板全权照顾他的店铺的重重责任把我累坏了。

所以,没了重重的工作负担,昨天上班时, 我的心情特别好。

从下星期开始, 我就将会专注于完成学业。

一星期我只做一天工,其他四天要上诊所实习和准备考试。

心血来潮下,把药剂店铺内通常播的流行音乐的电台关了。

扭去了我喜欢的PBS电台

因为,我非常喜欢的星期六节目正在播放 – Jazz on Saturday

突然间,药剂行的气氛变了。

没了那重复又重复,和“吵”得我头痛的流行曲,却是那醉人的爵士音乐。

当然,音乐这种东西,见人见智。

我想,顾客可能会觉得古怪,一定以为进错了爵士bar,而不是药剂行。

店铺内的职员还喜欢。一位说,她感觉就像在一家昏暗的爵士bar内喝喝红酒, 听听音乐。

当然,我们仍很认真工作 (我老板有时也会看看我的部落 :p )

可那爵士音乐倒令我” 前所未有”地“享受” 我的工作。

原来,音乐的魔力真的很大 !

或许,你也该试一试。如果工作允许的话,听一听你喜欢的音乐,你也可能会爱上你的工作 :)

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