‘I al­ways made sure I was there to help’

China Daily (Canada) - - HOLIDAY -

63, re­tired en­tre­pre­neur from Changchun, Jilin prov­ince

I amvery lucky to have two chil­dren. My son and daugh­ter were both born be­fore the fam­ily plan­ning pol­icy was adopted.

Nowthey are each other’s com­pan­ions, which is the rea­son I en­cour­aged them to have two chil­dren of their own. They lis­tened to me and now they both have two kids.

I can say I amvery ex­pe­ri­enced in tak­ing care of chil­dren, be­cause I started do­ing it when I was only 6 years old. In 1959, I moved tomy el­der sis­ter’s home in Changchun from Shan­dong prov­ince to es­cape a famine. My sis­ter had five chil­dren, and I took care of them. Later, I raisedmy own chil­dren.

So, whenmy grand­chil­dren came one after the other dur­ing the past 15 years, I didmy best to help.

My first grand­child was born in 2002. When he was 1 year old, I went tomy son’s home in Changchun to take care of the baby. Every day was busy, but watch­ing him grow up made every­thing worth­while.

Whenmy grand­son was 8 years old, my daugh­ter gave birth to a girl in Guangzhou, Guang­dong prov­ince, in South China. The dis­tance didn’t stop me from go­ing to her side. Later, both ofmy chil­dren had sec­ond chil­dren, and I al­ways made sure I was there to help.

Look­ing back, I have been busy deal­ing with cry­ing ba­bies, feed­ing bot­tles and di­a­pers since I was 49. NowI feel a lit­tle tired, but I have to carry on be­causemy chil­dren are busy work­ing every day and they need me. If I don’t help them, they won’t be able to sur­vive.

Al­though days are not easy when chil­dren are small, the ef­fort will pay off even­tu­ally— at least, I al­ways be­lieve so. Par­ents will die one day, and when that day comes the chil­dren will have each other to lean on.

Guo Shouqin spoke with Liu Kun.

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