Mo xiao came to visit me from Beijing. She brought the famous Peking Duck from Quan Zu De Restaurant (全聚德)! And her parents also sent lots of herbal concoctions and nutritious food. Mo xiao completed her education in UK and is now helping in her father's real estate company in Tianjin.
We had a long talk. Her grandmother passed away last December. She told me this beautiful love story of her grandparents.
Her grandparents had never seen each other before their marriage. It was arranged by their parents. They met each other on their wedding night. After marriage, they did have the occasional tiffs and arguments, but they never had cold wars and the thought of divorce never crossed their minds.
Mo xiao remembered one incident when she was staying with her grandparents one summer. She loves to eat rice that is a little soggy, her grandpa loved his fluffy and that he was to be able to pick out each grain. Her grandma loved her so much, she cooked her favoured version.
When grandpa tried a mouthful of the rice, he put the bowl of rice hard on the dining table and left in a huff to his study room. Grandma just smiled and said to Mo xiao,"Don't mind him. I'll cook him another pot of rice and let him eat until he die!" (别管他! 待会儿我再煮一锅饭, 吃死他!) hehehe.....
Mo xiao's grandparents showed their love for each other in a quiet way. There were no flowers, gifts or dinner celebrations on their anniversaries or Valentine's Day. Grandma took care of grandpa's every day needs and cooked his favourite food. Grandpa would accompany grandma on her frequent medical visits and made sure she took her medication.
Every morning at 5 am, they would go to the nearby park for Taichi and to meet their friends. Then together they would go marketing. In the day, grandpa would read his books or practise his calligraphy while grandma would tend to the garden and knit sweaters for her grandchildren.
Then one day, disaster struck.
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