Nostalgia: The Orphan

At the beginning of the twentieth century, there was a lonely old lady in the village who had no children of her own. This kind lady adopted a beggar from another village as her son and another one twenty years later as her grandson. The son she adopted became the secretary of the village, and the grandson is the old man in the photo, named Ye. Ye always talked about his amiable grandma and competent father even though the whole family was not genetically related. Forming such a family was only a helpless choice caused by the social and historical background. Ye’s wife died twenty years ago from diabetes, and her treatment cost all money saved by the family. Ye’s son is 34 years old now, working in Shangtian Village alone. Ye plants in 5 mu of field, with a cow as his only helper. When I met him, he was smoking after collecting two buckets of forage feed for his cow. (Sanxi Village, Fenghua)

* 1 mu ≈ 0.1647 acre

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