SECTION 2. He was sincerely filial
Since Good Man Wang was herding cattle for his uncle in his own village, he could return home for visits during the New Year and other holidays. Whenever he was home he would refuse to partake of the meal which his mother had prepared for him saying, "I have had my fill already." If instead he had gulped down the food like a glutton, his mother would think that her son had not received sufficient food from his employer and she would be greatly distressed. Hence, for years Good Man Wang would not eat when he was home.
Because his family lived on meagre means, it was difficult for his mother to provide her children with shoes. Good Man Wang never squabbled with his brothers over the new shoes. Instead, he climbed the mountain each day barefooted. Once his superior sent him on an errand to deliver some gifts to a relative. Initially, he thought of returning home to get his shoes, but he was afraid of putting his mother on the spot. Eventually, he decided to go without shoes. However, his mother reprimanded him over this when he related it to her the following day. His mother remarked, "By going to our relative's house bare-footed, aren't you just inviting ridicule from others?"
Good Man Wang remained silent and realized that he had made a blunder. In Chau Yang County, it was customary for children to wear a pouch (something like a bib that covers the whole torso). When Good Man Wang was eight years old, his mother made a pouch for him, but before he could put it on, his younger brothers were already bickering over it. Good Man Wang saw through the situation and told his mother, "I never liked to wear a pouch. Why don't you give it to my younger brothers?" He then silently made the vow that he would never wear or use a pouch.