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明天是妈妈的生日,谨以此文纪念天堂里的母亲!

Friday, 21 February 2003

    It is my mother’s one year death memorial day today. I couldn’t help thinking of many of the things that mother did for us.

    I remember when I was 11 years old, mother was working outdoors that cold winter. It was not far from my school. So after school I often went to her working place. She was building barns using yellow mud mixed with straw. Her hands were stiff with cold and split open. The wind was blowing hard. I was hiding in the half-built barn while mother was standing on the scaffold with other workers going on building by piling up the yellow mud straw. Sometimes when it was raining, all the workers didn’t take a rest. They had to continue their working or the mud would be washed away by the rain. They must work till the cover was built for the barn. She was caught in the rain, wet all over, with her hands throwing the mud straw on the top of the wall to make it stuck. She was risking her life for the poor money, 0.80 yuan every day. I think her rheumatic heart disease which finally killed her, must have something to do with the tough job.

    I will never forget another thing that has impressed upon my mind deeply. That happened after the harvest time every summer when I was very young. Farmers were asked to hand in the rice grain to the government. Then some people must be organized to lift the large bamboo baskets of grain to the weighing place and then got the grain into the barn. There were a lot of boats waiting in the long queue on the river. Mother participated in the lifting team. She lifted one basket after another. From the bank to the barn there were about 50 metres. She went back and forth without stop. Her small weak shoulder was loaded one after another, the heavy basket of grain, usually over 50 kilograms. I couldn’t bear to see mother working in this way. Once I persuaded mother to let me have a try. The young man, mother’s partner, was kind. He let most of the weight fall on his end, so I could lift the basket and walked to the weighing place. But it was difficult for me to walk onto the gangplank leading to the barn where the grain was piled up taller and taller. Mother ran to me and took over the shoulder pole from me. I saw her back figure moving on the gangplank with difficulty. My eyes burst into tears. Such a job would last till about 2 o’clock early morning. When mother went back home, her clothes were all wet with sweat and her shoulder was red and swollen. Mother was firm though she was small and short. The next day she went to do the same job again. She just risked her life to earn one fen for each heavy basket! Sometimes I think how her weak body could hold so heavy a load.

    In order to raise three children and support our study, she knew it’s far more than enough on father’s low salary. She did all she could to do odd jobs, washing plastics for a factory in cold winter, working in a dirty plastic factory etc.

    When all the hard days went by, it ought to be good time for mother to enjoy a happy and relaxing life, but she got ill in 1989. She suffered from the rheumatic heart disease and finally left us this day last year.

    Mother once wished when I was a little boy that I would go to college, be a postgraduate student and finally go to study abroad. Now her wish has become true. I often think it’s my mother who’s blessing me. She was a Buddhist, praying for us three children and our children always.

    Mother, rest in peace! Though I can’t come to your tomb to attend the memorial ceremony, I write this to remember you forever.

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