A letter to Auntie Zheng – by 13931 Hu Chun Hua
Translated by Neil Sun
Dear Aunt Zheng,
I am Hu Chunhua. My dad told me that you came to visit our house when I was in school. I am really surprised and very happy! Auntie, I’m sorry that I couldn’t be home at the time because I had to take classes and only have Saturday off. I am writing this letter to thank you and all the uncles and aunts at Peach Foundation for the support and encouragement.
After my mother passed away, I thought no one would care about us anymore until Peach Foundation found us. I thought about giving up studying so that our family can afford my older sister to continue her education. Our Dad is often sick. I see new wrinkles on his face every time I come home from school. I feel sad but don’t know what to do. Every time when I leave for school, he would say: "Study well! Don't worry what other people say and the family finance. Although the conditions at home are not as good but we must stay strong." I was afraid to tell him my idea of dropping out because of what he said. Now, I stop having that idea since I become a Peach Foundation kid.
I often silently endure my frequent stomach pain since we don’t have money to buy medicine. I stopped listen to others that I am better off to start working in order to support my sister with her education. I will not give up and want to prove that I can with real actions!
I am very happy to have such a dad. No matter what others might say, he sticks to his decision. I know he is struggling. We all know how hard it is for him. But he often smiles and says: “Even when I am gone, the uncles and aunts at Peach Foundation will continue to support you.” I want to cry whenever I heard he say that. I will cry in the room because I don’t want my father to see it. Many times I saw my dad cry silently next to the pigsty while feeding the pigs. At those moments, I really want to hug him and have a good cry along with him. I often complain why God is so unfair.
Auntie, my dad is tired, really tired! When I was at home, I would massage him at night and tell him some jokes to make him happy. Dad told me he was very happy when you came to our house! But he is not good at expressing himself. I can imagine he must be stuttering when he talked to you but his every word is from the bottom of his heart. He has always wanted to tell you about how grateful he is for Peach Foundation’s support.
Auntie, thank you! We will forever remember your support. We will study hard and will never give up. We will not deterred by setbacks and difficulties. My sister and I will stick to the end and complete our education. People might look down on our family, but I don’t think it matters. I am really not afraid of failure now. Though my grade may not be great, but I will keep my insistence.
My dad is sick and his condition is worsening. He stopped going to the hospital after only one visit. I am really worried! I was afraid that he might leave us like our mother did. Though it is not allowed to make phone calls at school, I am still calling my uncle to find out father's condition. I am studying hard and hope to get a scholarship in order to buy medicine.
Auntie, I have too much in my heart to say to you, and cannot express them all in writing but to say a very sincere “Thank you! “ My sister and I will not let you and our father down. We will stick to it and never give up. Thank you!