Girl’s moth­er­li­ness earns public praise

The Pyongyang Times - - The Pyongyang Times - By Jong Sun Bok PT

“I have seven younger broth­ers and sis­ters who fol­low me as true sis­ter and mother at home,” Jang Jong Hwa said as she ad­dressed the re­cent Sec­ond Na­tional Con­fer­ence of Ex­em­plary Young Peo­ple of Virtue in Py­ongyang.

Par­tic­i­pants in the meet­ing and TV au­di­ence gave her a big hand as they heard that the 20-year-old be­came the “mother” of seven or­phans.

As a stu­dent, Jang dreamt of be­com­ing a swim­mer as she ex­celled in the sport. But she changed her mind.

She had taken pride in her mother Ro Chun Bok as she was widely known in Kang­son for ac­tively sup­port­ing steel pro­duc­ers though busy with her work at the public cater­ing agency in Chol­lima Dis­trict, Nam­pho, where there is the Chol­lima Steel Com­plex, a lead­ing met­al­lur­gi­cal in­dus­try base of the coun­try. And just be­fore fin­ish­ing her mid­dle school course Jang came to know that she was her adop­tive mother.

Grat­i­tude for the mother who had de­voted all her af­fec­tion to her welled in her. She made up her mind to work with the sick yet hard­work­ing mother in the same work­place to help her even a bit.

One day in Jan­uary two years ago, Jang vis­ited the steel work­shop with aid ma­te­ri­als for smelters to­gether with her mother. There she came to see three girl or­phans the work­ers of the work­shop were rais­ing in place of their par­ents who had worked there.

That night, Jang was wake­ful as the looks of the girls cling­ing to her arms lin­gered on.

A few days later, she said to the mother she wanted to adopt them.

“Mum, you’ve brought me up like your own child. I want to look af­ter them like you have done me. I may fail to take care of them like their mother, but I can be their car­ing sis­ter.”

Ro said she feared peo­ple would say a child raises chil­dren. But Jang was determined and fi­nally ob­tained her ap­proval. And she went out to bring them home in no time.

A month later, she adopted four more chil­dren, with a suck­ling baby just over one year old among them. Jang be­came re­spon­si­ble for seven chil­dren at the age of 18.

Though it was her own choice, it was not an easy job to bring up sev­eral young­sters.

Wait­ing for her at home af­ter a day’s work was not the ta­ble of hot meal, but their wash­ing. It was also her duty to check their homework and help them pre­pare for school. She could find no time to en­joy with her friends on hol­i­days as well as af­ter work each day.

She shed a shower of tears as she nursed the suck­ling. Once she sat up all night lulling the cry­ing baby. She oc­ca­sion­ally had to dodge peo­ple who looked askance at her as the very young woman had the baby on her back.

Her sin­cer­ity brought chil­dren closer to her.

Grad­u­ally, she was awak­ened to her duty as their mother, not only as their el­der sis­ter.

For the maiden who has never brought forth a child to do so was not so easy. In the course of bear­ing and over­com­ing all men­tal and phys­i­cal bur­dens, she de­vel­oped into a staunch mother who smiles in the face of hard­ships on be­half of her chil­dren’s hap­pi­ness.

She paid par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to their study and living.

She learned how to play the gui­tar by cut­ting sleep­ing time at night to help a sis­ter who was back­ward in mu­sic. She built a flowerbed in the court­yard to ad­mon­ish a naughty brother against flower pick­ing and get him to plant and raise flow­ers by him­self.

She never thought her de­vo­tion of ro­man­tic maid­en­hood to the chil­dren is self-sac­ri­fice.

Her com­mend­able deeds were soon widely known to many.

Re­gard­ing her deeds as laud­able, of­fi­cials, col­leagues and neigh­bours as well as those of the dis­trict peo­ple’s com­mit­tee and youth league com­mit­tee gave her a help­ing hand and en­cour­age­ment unas­sum­ingly.

Supreme leader Kim Jong Un praised her as a “maiden mother” as he shook hands with her just be­fore the photo ses­sion with the par­tic­i­pants in the Sec­ond Na­tional Con­fer­ence of Ex­em­plary Young Peo­ple of Virtue.

Peo­ple call Jang Jong Hwa an­other beau­ti­ful flower bloom­ing in the flower gar­den of hu­man love.

In recog­ni­tion of her noble spirit and virtue, the state con­ferred on her Kim Jong Il Youth Hon­our Prize, the high­est hon­our for Korean young peo­ple, on May 29.

Jang Jong Hwa (mid­dle) read­justs the hel­met of her adopted youngest brother.

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