The Magic of Christmas Gift

Waverly Jong’s brother got a chess set as a Christmas gift. This Christmas gift brought luck and success to Waverly Jong life. Before the Christmas, Waverly Jong didn’t have any ideas of playing chess and becoming popular in the San Francisco Chinatown. She might not have even dreamt about it. However, after the arrival of the chess set in her house, she begins to discover her talent in playing chess. Her brothers didn’t allow her to play the chess game until she offered two of the lifesavers to substitute the missing black pawn and white knight. From that moment she started to give much attention and she even borrowed guide books from the Chinatown library. She began to dig out the secrets of the game by making use of the invisible strength inherited from her mother. Whenever, she used to practice at home, her mother used to hover over her and gave an unsatisfactory look. As a result, she could not really concentrate on what she is doing. Similarly, one of Kahlil Gibran’s poems titled “On Children” implies that parents should not control the life of their children. If they want their child to be successful and productive, they must not distract the decisions of their child. Jong’s mother tried to teach her the chess lesson, but she taught in such a way she expected Jong to win all the time and not make a single mistake. It was hard to handle the game with her mother around. However, she felt much free to play with Lau Po, an old man. He taught her various strategies to play chess. Without her mother’s interference, she can play well. She won several tournaments. At the age of nine, she became a national player. Later, we find her imaging herself having a chess match with her mother using art of invisible strength.

She became a well known figure in the San Francisco Chinatown. While going for shopping, she yells at her mom for praising her to everyone whom they meet in the town.  Jong was so embarrassed that she left her mom and went away despite her mother calling her. This reminds me of the boy in the poem The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. In this poem, the boy never cares about the feeling of the tree. Similarly, Jong also never care about how her mother would have felt when she yelled at her mom in the crowd.


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