What do people talk about when they congregate and chat over a cup
of aromatic coffee or simmering hot-pot? People who hang out together must have
something in common that they share – same likes and dislikes, same foes and
friends, same fears and joys, same celebrations and problems etc. And of
course, they also set up chat groups to facilitate the flow of information. In
other words, even when they are not meeting physically, they keep on chatting.
Lately, I discover that the hottest conversation topic among me and
my long-time classmates, whether actual or virtual, is definitely health! We
would share first-hand personal experience or internet information about
healthy diets, early detection or prevention of various illnesses, surgical
operation details etc. Next would be around
our children but these days more about grandchildren. We also love to share our
travel logs. What else? Do we bring up political issues like the Occupy Central
Movement? No, we don’t simply because this would stir up commotions and
sabotage the party! We prefer to hold our political stance to ourselves.
My classmates and I were all born in the same year, only older or
younger in terms of months. Previously, we did not often meet, only on school
anniversaries. On the occasion of the 5oth anniversary of our secondary school
graduation, I suggested that as we advance in age, we should meet more
frequently. To my pleasant surprise, they concurred with me. Now, we are
meeting every other month.