There is an old saying in China that "Every trade has its master". Recently I had a wonderful personal experience in the U.S that could truly illustrate this ancient Chinese wisdom.
On May 4, 2017, before watching Shen Yun at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), I randomly drove into a public car park near the theater. After stoping my car, I was asked to leave the key inside. Then I walked to a nearby restaurant to have my lunch.
It was still quite early after I finished lunch; so I walked back to my car to take a rest. While I was inside the car, a staff member, a fairly young man walked over and drove me into the shade of the high building next to the car park, saying it was cooler there. He also asked me when I intended to leave; and I told him that I was here for Shen Yun show and would leave at about 4:00 pm, when the show was over.
Before he left my car, he didn't forget to remind me to keep my windows open so that the car wouldn't get too hot inside. I was very much moved by his consideration.
After the show finished, I walked back to the car park. As soon as he saw me, the young man who moved my car before immediately pointed at a car and said to me, “This is your car, right?”
Sure enough, that Was my car, only it had been moved to a third spot, which was very close to the exit. I was very astonished by the fact that he actually managed to remember which car was mine as there were hundreds different cars in the car park. I asked him in surprise, “How do you remember that this is MY car? Out of those hundreds of cars in the car park?” He smiled quietly and said, “I tried my best.”
Then he led me to the small work cell at the corner of the car park for me to pay for the parking. After the payment was done, he immediately fetched my key, which was hung on the wall with dozens, if not hundreds, other keys of all sorts; and handed it to me.
I was again so shocked by the fact that he knew exactly which key belonged to me that I started feeling the key he handed me didn’t quite look like mine. I had not attached any other personal items to the key which came with the car. So it looked quite similar with many other keys.
By the way, I took the above photo of the car park sign before I left the car park for my lunch, in case I couldn’t find it afterwards. Has anybody experienced the panic when you couldn’t find where you parked your car, or when you did find the car park, but just couldn’t locate your car as the park was just crazily too huge and had too many different levels? If you have, you must be as amazed as I was by this young man at this car park. For me, he is definitely the master of his trade!