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Because of Gao Xiulan’s abnormal behavior, Lin Shuhong has been anxious when she went to work in the afternoon. Although she wanted to live separately, she only dared to tell her man about this matter, not to her mother-in-law. If her mother-in-law finds out, the whole village and the whole production team will definitely know about it. Maybe she1Gao Xiulan will even go to her mother’s house to make trouble ……
At the thought of that scene, Lin Shuhong shuddered. Her natal family from top to bottom are honest people, she initially sought Su Aiguo because he was honest, just like her family, so she chose him.
If her mother-in-law goes to her natal house to make trouble, how can her family fight against her2pertaining Gao Xiulan.?
So when she got off work, she secretly discussed with her man Su Aiguo,
“Aiguo, I said before that we should live alone3split from the family., you did not tell mom, right?”
Su Aiguo’s face went dark when he heard that she was still talking about splitting from the family.
“Why are you still talking about it? I said that we can’t split the family. I’m the eldest son. Even we live alone, my mother is still going to live with us. Shuhong, when we got married, we talked about this, why do you change your mind?”
Lin Shuhong thought, ‘Before we got married, I didn’t expect your mother to spoil her daughter so much. I also thought she loves her daughter so much so, she must be different from other mothers-in-law.’
As a result……
After marrying to Su family, Lin Shuhong understood the truth. Marriage really can’t just be based on careless thinking.
The result of reckless thinking is that the mother-in-law will tell you that you are daydreaming.
Lin Shuhong felt a lot of emotion in her heart, and she was so overwhelmed that she couldn’t breathe. But she didn’t want to say a word to her man. After so many years, she had already noticed that her man’s brain was abnormal. In his heart, in addition to his mother, there is also a sister.
And a few days ago she even daydreamed of attempting to get him to split the family …… Why did she even think so?
Now, it provokes the mother-in-law.
Su Aiguo is still persuading, “You see now that the eldest sister is giving meat to the family. Now there are just a few families in the team that can eat meat. Two days ago, the wife of the old cripple’s family in the east of the village died, didn’t they just carry her out and bury her? Or secretly went out in the middle of the night and dig a deep hole to bury her. Tell me, in the current situation, isn’t our family is what others dream of?
My sister doesn’t work because our mother said that it is a problem inside her4Gao Xiulan’s womb. She5Lin Qinghe feels uncomfortable when she moves. She’s still young and has never seen our father since she was a child. How pitiful is that?
How many years can my sister still stay at home6’cause ya know back then it was like a goal of a woman’s life to be married. So, she will live in her husband’s house and serve his parents. ? Why can’t you tolerate her? What’s wrong with her eating more? She used to eat so much when you haven’t entered the door7enter the door means married into the family. yet. We give all the delicious food to our sister. How can it change when a daughter-in-law enters the door? Mother will be scolded by the old people in the village if that happens.”
Lin Shuhong’s head was dizzy. After she heard her man say this, she felt that she was too bad to her sister-in-law. She used to live like this at home. How could she not be used to it as soon as she entered the house? After she married, she still wanted to encourage her man to separate, regardless of her little sister-in-law… The family didn’t give her a bite to eat more or less. Yes, she wasn’t starved to death?
Her children did not starve to death, wait, children? Lin Shuhong suddenly discovered that something was wrong. Why should she sympathize with her sister-in-law? Her child was still hungry every day, and her mother-in-law was pressed all day long. She wants to separate the family so that her children can have enough to eat!
Looking at Su Aiguo, who was still talking, Lin Shuhong suddenly realized that she was almost swayed in by her own man just now.
Lin Shuhong looked at the sky, feeling a little desperate in her heart. She found that she was living with an abnormal family and she might become abnormal one day.
She felt that if one day she only has her sister-in-law and mother-in-law in her heart, there will be darkness in front of her eyes.
“How many people are like my sister? Otherwise, the cadres will not recognize her as their goddaughter. Can cadres still be blind? So if you don’t like our eldest sister, you are blind…” Su Aiguo confidently reasons with his wife.
Lin Shuhong finally couldn’t hold it anymore. Her man usually doesn’t make a farce. But when talking about his sister, he can always talk three days and three nights non-stop.
“Aiguo, let’s not talk about it. I was wrong okay. I’m not splitting up the family. I’ll just ask if you told mother. I’m afraid Mother will be angry.”
Su Aiguo heard that Lin Shuhong was finally persuaded by him, and felt relieved. He smiled and said, “I didn’t say it, don’t worry. I know you are confused for a while. What am I talking about with mom?”
Lin Shuhong: “…” No, it’s not me who is confused, it’s you!
When the couple returned home, Gao Xiulan had already cooked. She would never let her daughters-in-law do things like cooking unless she didn’t want to move.
These days, whoever cooks is the one who is in charge. In this family, of course, she is in charge. In addition to her daughter, she won’t let anyone.
Lin Shuhong did not dare to rest when she returned home. She went into the kitchen to help Gao Xiulan serve food. Seeing that there was nothing wrong with Gao Xiulan’s face, she felt at ease.
It seems that her mother-in-law really doesn’t know.
Su Qinghe didn’t know that because she made her mother, Gao Xiulan treats her granddaughters a little better, she gave her sister-in-law Lin Shuhong a false alarm.
Because she had just been upgraded, she directly gave herself a two-day vacation.
The original owner was someone who didn’t even hold up a broom. So no one was surprised when she cooked a few meals and suddenly didn’t do it.
The only thing that makes people a little sad is that she usually puts more meat when she cooks. When Gao Xiulan instructs her two daughters-in-law to cook, the amount is under control.
Gao Xiulan is not worried that her daughter will not be able to eat it, anyway, she can open a small stove for her daughter.
And now no one can say a word. Eat meat if you have the ability!
Gao Xiulan is now consciously dependent. She is full of confidence and is more vigorous at home.
As soon as the family finished eating, they heard the sound of gongs and drums outside, which was a signal for the team to convene a meeting.
May is a busy month, there is no time to talk nonsense during the day. Everything is reserved for the evening.
The head of the Su family is naturally Gao Xiulan. How can she be absent from a big event such as a meeting? So she arranged for her daughters-in-law to stay at home to look after the house, and took her two sons to the meeting.
Su Qinghe also followed them. At this time, there was not even a kerosene lamp in the house, and she was scared at home by herself most of the night. Always worried that Comrade Su Dagen would really come home…
And she also wants to see how the conference of this era is held.
Gao Xiulan originally wanted her daughter to sleep at home, but when she heard that she wanted to follow them, she couldn’t help it. She let her grab some sweet potatoes to take with her. When she gets bored, she could eat it. This is to treat the meeting as if it were a movie.
When the Su family arrived, many other families had also arrived. At night, only vague outlines were seen around. In this way, everyone recognized each other and shouted hello.
“Oh, Qinghe has come out. I haven’t seen you for many days. Usually, you don’t step out of the door. I thought they raised the landlord’s wife.”
Su Qinghe was looking around when she heard a voice with a broken gong.
She turned around and saw that it was a thin, middle-aged woman. Su Qinghe squinted her eyes, and through the memory of the original owner, she recognized that this was her second aunt Gao Xiuju. Married to the same production team as Gao Xiulan, but not in the same village. Gao Xiuju was in Tianjia Village.
They seldom see each other at ordinary times, and only see each other at this conference. Of course, she8Gao Xiuju and Gao Xiulan have a big conflict, so they have to pinch each other when they meet.
Gao Xiuju’s pinch point is Gao Xiulan’s baby bump, Su Qinghe. And that one pinch is accurate. Su Qinghe hasn’t spoken yet, Gao Xiulan already exploded,
“What’s wrong? Our Qing’er is blessed, and three older brothers are willing to love her. Some people are just not lucky. The daughters can only be used to raise their brother. I say second9Referring to Gao Xiuju for she’s the Second Daughter., whether your daughter-in-law gives birth to a son or a daughter, do not blame your daughter-in-law. You have only given birth to three daughters before you gave birth to a son. This is learned from you.”
Gao Xiuju’s old face suddenly couldn’t hold up. She couldn’t see her face clearly in the dark, but Su Qinghe felt her anger.
That’s right, the reason why her second aunt Gao Xiuju had a conflict with her mother Gao Xiulan was because of the issue of childbirth. The two were also born in conflict, Gao Xiulan is the third daughter of the Gao family, and the second Gao Xiuyu is just over a year apart. The two were married in the same year, and both had children together.
Every time Gao Xiuju had a daughter, Gao Xiulan immediately gave birth to a son, and then Gao Xiuju gave birth to another daughter, and Gao Xiulan immediately gave birth to another son… After that, Gao Xiulan did not want to give birth anymore, so she rested. As a result, Gao Xiuju gave birth to a baby son immediately.
At that time, feudal superstition had not been abolished, Gao Xiuju went to someone to calculate her fate. She said that Gao Xiulan was born to suppress her. If the two of them were pregnant at the same time, she would be suppressed and could not give birth to a son. After Gao Xiulan heard about it, she felt that it was b*llsh*t, and she couldn’t pull shit, so she blamed the pit10latrine pit.. But Gao Xiuju believed it…
So this conflict was made.
Su Qinghe tried to alleviate this contradiction, so she comforted Gao Xiuju, “Second aunt, in fact, the birth of a child is just the same. A daughter is the mother’s intimate little cotton-padded jacket. They can also provide for the elderly. You can think openly in your heart.”
Gao Xiulan felt that her daughter was ridiculing Gao Xiuju, so she sneered, “Our Qing’er is right, look at how much I treasure Qing’er. A girl needs to be loved. My three sons all love her. You should also let your son be a brother to your three daughters. If your daughter-in-law gives birth to a daughter, that is also your blessing.”
Su Qinghe: “…”
“…” Gao Xiuju felt that her heart was stabbed several times by the two.
“You black-hearted mother and daughter, why didn’t the next thunder strike you to death?!”
Gao Xiulan said, “I have three sons to block for me, I won’t be struck.”
Gao Xiuju was so angry that she lost the strength to fight with Gao Xiulan.
Su Qinghe was worried that she would get angry and pulled Gao Xiulan, “Mom, isn’t it a meeting, why hasn’t it started yet?”
Gao Xiulan was interrupted and ignored Gao Xiuju. She looked at her daughter lovingly, “We still have to notify the people from the other two villages to come over. This is the bad thing about the people in our team, they are too scattered. Other villages are big, a village is a brigade. It’s much less complicated than us.”
The Yellow River production team is composed of three small villages, Sujia Village, Tianjia Village, and Sunjia Village. Because Sujia Village has the most people and its geographical location is close to the commune, meetings are usually held here.
Su Qinghe was relieved to see that she had forgotten to quarrel. Seeing Gao Xiuju was taken away by two girls. She chatted with Gao Xiulan, “Mom, what do you think this meeting is about?”
“What else can it be, it’s definitely about the food.”
After waiting for a while, people from other villages also rushed over. Seeing that everyone was almost there, the old captain Guo Changsheng beat the gongs and drums to signal everyone to quiet down. Then stood on top of the mound of earth in the square. The whole person is elevated so that everyone can look at him.
Guo Changsheng is in his fifties and is not a local. He was originally assigned to this place to settle down after he was discharged from the army. Because he was a soldier, although he was not tall, he looked very energetic and spoke with confidence.
However, today, his spirit looks a little bad. After looking around at the group, he was silent for a few seconds before speaking with difficulty,
“This time the food is about to be collected. According to the instructions above, the output of our team this year is definitely not enough. We have only collected 18,000 pounds of grain this time, last year’s report was 32,000. This is still the least reported, and it is still not enough. Comrades, the grain we collected this year cannot be distributed.
Today, we call everyone over is to also let everyone have a mental preparation. Every family should not watch the harvest and eat with their belly open. This year, we can not eat new grain and tighten the belt of our pants. At least until the autumn harvest.”
Guo Changsheng’s words were like a bolt out of the blue, and it immediately made the whole team noisy.
The food at home is about to bottom out, and now the newly harvested ones are not distributed?
Until the autumn harvest? The autumn harvest is still a few months away, if we do not survive until then, we will have to starve to death?
“Captain Guo, this is not okay. Our family’s food has long been gone and there is nothing to eat. Our family has eaten the bark for several days, and our intestines can’t stand it anymore. My mother and my mother-in-law can’t keep going…”
It was cripple Su in the east of the village who hurt his leg when he was young. He finally got a wife and gave birth to several children. Now in famine years, his wife got edema because she saved a bite for the children to eat. She was sick and just died a few days ago.
Everyone in the village knows about this, they let out a few sighs. There are not many things like this, but it’s not unusual in the past two years.
Gao Xiulan whispered to her daughter about cripple Su’s family, and then educates her, “Qing’er, listen, If you don’t eat, you’ll starve to death. You can eat whatever we have at home. Su’s wife was reluctant to eat and gave it to others to eat, so she got edema and died.”
Su Qinghe was in an unusually heavy mood.
The original owner didn’t care about external affairs before, so the things that happened in her memory were all told by her family. She was calm and didn’t feel much, at most let out a few sighs.
But here, watching cripple Su crying and complaining about the tragic situation of their family, and she couldn’t help but feel heavy.
Guo Changsheng’s heart is also heavy.
These are all his fellow villagers. When he came back from the army, it was these fellow villagers who accepted him, allowed him to take root here, and made him the captain of the brigade.
But he, the captain, didn’t let the fellow villagers have a good life.
However, he was also helpless. This is the meaning of the commune. This year, the commune reported a large amount, which became so much when it was apportioned.
“Fellow folks, there will always be difficulties. So many storms and waves have come over before. Now the days are peaceful. Let’s work hard to survive this famine year, and our good days are coming. The autumn harvest is coming soon, and we will strive to distribute the grain during the autumn harvest. The commune has also promised that if the grain is confiscated in the autumn harvest, it will apply for relief grain. Let’s all survive a little longer.”
Guo Changsheng was almost crying.
The others didn’t say a word, nothing will change anyway. If they disagree, can the grain collection team not come to collect grain?
When the meeting ended, everyone was in a bad mood. Even Gao Xiulan sighed, on the way she discussed with her two sons that the family will have fewer meals in the future.
This is still a few months away from the autumn harvest. With so many mouths in the family, there is definitely not enough food. And after today’s meeting, she was afraid there is not much bark left. Don’t even think about eating wild vegetables at home in the future.
“Qing’er can’t eat less, she is not healthy, and can’t be hungry. I can eat one bite less.” Gao Xiulan said.
The two sons naturally won’t let her eat one bite less, Su Aiguo said, “Mom, look at what you said, I can’t let you take a bite less. Sister’s ration is certainly a lot. How she eats before will not change in the future.”
Gao Xiulan nodded in satisfaction.
Su Qinghe was silent. She felt that it was too sinful for her to be lazy in such times.
She cooks! she cooks!
Back at home, Gao Xiulan gave the order to eat one meal the next day.
Others know the situation and have no opinion. It’s just that Lin Shuhong looked at her children and felt bitter in her heart. Finally, the mother-in-law started to change a little bit and let the children eat more. Now it’s going to be what it used to be.
Why is her child struggling?
Gao Xiulan ignored the other people’s thoughts, went back to the room, and made a wish to the big urn,
“Dagen, you also heard it. Now it’s so difficult, so you can send some more food. Otherwise, we will starve to death. You heartless, don’t just stand by and watch. By the way, we also need a big iron pot at home. The clay pot wastes wood. You can’t bear to see me working hard all day to collect some firewood, can you?”
In the other room, Su Qinghe lay on the bed and began to check her storage space.
In the space, apart from the small amount of food and meat left from the previous task, there is also a big iron pot.
It seemed that next time, she would have to take more things. She can’t let the family only eat one meal a day. At that time, even if you don’t die from starvation, you will get edema.
“Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.”
~ Mark Haddon
- 1Gao Xiulan
- 2pertaining Gao Xiulan.
- 3split from the family.
- 4Gao Xiulan’s
- 5Lin Qinghe
- 6’cause ya know back then it was like a goal of a woman’s life to be married. So, she will live in her husband’s house and serve his parents.
- 7enter the door means married into the family.
- 8Gao Xiuju
- 9Referring to Gao Xiuju for she’s the Second Daughter.
- 10latrine pit.