I feel that I can al­most touch the word ‘ hap­pi­ness’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - Wang Yin­hua

The 32-year-old has been mar­ried to Liao Yanfei, head of Jin­sha vil­lage, Hu­nan prov­ince, for 10 years.

How time flies! We’ve been mar­ried for a decade, but all the good and bad times we have ex­pe­ri­enced are as fresh as if they had hap­pened yes­ter­day.

I had a crush on Yanfei when we worked to­gether in a restau­rant in Shen­zhen, Guang­dong prov­ince. He was dif­fer­ent from the other wait­ers be­cause he was the most dili­gent and had no fear of chal­lenges or dif­fi­cul­ties. When our other col­leagues failed to com­plete dirty jobs or re­fused to work over­time, he al­ways said “yes”, and would make all sorts of ef­forts to fin­ish the tasks. I couldn’t take my eyes off him, and I de­cided to pur­sue him.

I con­tacted him via QQ, a pop­u­lar in­stant-mes­sag­ing tool at the time, and asked him to help me, as I had just moved to a new place in Shen­zhen. Our re­la­tion­ship started a cou­ple of months later.

I re­mem­ber my ex­cite­ment when he took me to his home in Jin­sha for his sis­ter’s wed­ding. That was the first time I saw his house, a small, shabby shel­ter built of rough stone and with no fur­ni­ture. There wasn’t even a bed for me to sleep in.

Al­though I also come from a vil­lage (Ezhou, Hubei prov­ince), I grew up in a rel­a­tively rich home. My par­ents were de­vel­op­ment lead­ers in our area and we lived in a two-story house, so when I saw his home, I was shocked and re­ally be­gan to un­der­stand the word “poverty”.

But I didn’t care about his poor cir­cum­stances, and I even bor­rowed money from my par­ents be­cause I be­lieved his work ethic and love for me would bring us a bright fu­ture. The fact that we started op­er­at­ing our own cured­meat plant proves that I made the right de­ci­sion.

When we started the busi­ness, we had no idea how to run it and were short of funds. When I was pre­pared to give up, Yanfei en­cour­aged me to try one last time.

Life, es­pe­cially our fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion, has changed since then, but his love for me hasn’t changed. I will never for­get the time he bought a ham­burger for me on his way home from a busi­ness trip.

It’s dif­fi­cult for me to de­scribe love, but when I read the de­tails of our life that I have recorded on WeChat, I feel that I can al­most touch the word “hap­pi­ness”.

Wang Yin­hua spoke with Cao Yin

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