First-grader’s work about courier fa­ther pulls on heart­strings

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By WU YAN wuyan@chi­

“My fa­ther is a courier. He sel­dom stays at home. Every morn­ing, when I wake up, he has gone to work. I wait for week­ends to come, when my fa­ther has time to play with me. My fa­ther is the great­est man in my mind, be­cause he can bring joy to oth­ers.”

A com­po­si­tion en­ti­tled “My Fa­ther is a Courier”, which was writ­ten by a first­grade pupil, is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity on WeChat, a pop­u­lar so­cial me­dia plat­form. Many couri­ers have said the piece brought a tear to their eye.

The au­thor, Yu Zix­uan, is a 6-year-old stu­dent at Ji­a­musi Friend­ship Pri­mary School in North­east China’s Hei­long jiang province. His fa­ther and mother both work at a postal sort­ing cen­ter in Ji­a­musi city.

Yu Tao, fa­ther of Yu Zix­uan, said that Yu Zix­uan wrote the com­po­si­tion be­cause his com­pany so­licited ar­ti­cles by couri­ers’ fam­ily mem­bers.

“The piece is orig­i­nal and was all his idea. I taught him how to write when he en­coun­tered some char­ac­ters that he was un­sure about,” Yu Tao said. “When I watched him writ­ing the ar­ti­cle, tears welled in my eyes.”

Yu Tao and his wife usu­ally leave home for work at 3 am and re­turn home at about 9 pm, when Yu Zix­uan has al­ready fallen asleep. They have two days off per month, which is pre­cious time the whole fam­ily can spend to­gether.

“Dur­ing our busiest pe­riod, he is un­able to see us for a month”, said Su Yu­lan, Yu Tao’s mother.

Su thinks the ar­ti­cle re­flects her child’s true feel­ings. “He has a strong at­tach­ment to his fa­ther. If he does not see his fa­ther for a cou­ple of days, he will ask to be wo­ken up at 3 am to see us be­fore we leave home.”

In his fa­ther’s eyes, Yu Zix­uan is a po­lite and warm­hearted boy. “If I come back home early, he will wel­come me at the door and help me put my coat and shoes away in the right place,” Yu Tao said.

“Once, I looked a bit tired when I ar­rived home. My son held my legs and said, ‘Dad, you work so hard for me, I will study hard to thank you’,” Yu Tao said. “Hear­ing his words made me de­ter­mined to try my best to raise him well.”

Sun Hong jie, Yu Zix­uan’s teacher, was not sur­prised by the boy’s ris­ing fame. “I be­lieve the ar­ti­cle is en­tirely his own work. His aca­demic per­for­mance is ex­cel­lent and he dis­plays a clear logic when writ­ing.”

Five new­ly­wed cou­ples take part in a group wed­ding cer­e­mony at their work­place — the con­struc­tion site of Bei­jing’s new air­port — on Mon­day. The air­port is lo­cated be­tween Bei­jing’s Dax­ing district and the sub­urbs of He­bei’s Lang­fang city. It is ex­pected to serve 45 mil­lion pas­sen­gers an­nu­ally start­ing in 2019.

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