A letter to Uncle Wu – by 12529 Hu Xiao Lan
Translated by Nie Xu Min
Dear Dear Uncle Wu,
How are you! I am a PEACH kid. My name is Hu Xiao Lan. I have received 400 yuan from you. I sincerely thank you for your help and care. I promise I will study hard. My father always taught me that, no matter how poor I am, I should always keep my dignity and never give up. But after my father passed away, I gave up on myself and became bitter and started to blame everything. I loathe the injustice of the fate that took my beloved father away from me. He was so kind and gentle, as everybody in the whole village could bear witness. How could a gentle soul like my father have such bad luck?
In the dead of night, I gaze into the endless darkness. No matter how hard I try, I cannot focus my eyes on a single star. Tears fill my eyes. All of a sudden, a bright star appears in the sky and breaks wide open the darkness around me. A door has been opened for me. I used to like the darkness of the night, because in the darkness, no one would see me and no one would gossip that I was a child without a father. The bright star is PEACH. PEACH comes into my world and has completely changed me. She has helped me find my long forgotten smile and my lively and cheerful self. I no longer linger in the past, living in the memory of losing my father. Somehow I know that in another world, my father is there to protect me and bless me. If I indulge myself in endless despair, how sad he would be! So I dry my tears, turn my thoughts and sadness into power, and begin to accept life, meet challenges, and strive for my dream - to become a writer. Although I have lost my father. I still have a mother who deeply loves and cares about me. This makes me start to face life challenges with a smile. There are children in the world less fortunate than me. I'm so lucky.
Today, Teacher He gave me a letter from PEACH. I learned from the letter that Uncle Wu is very concerned about my study and life. I started writing back immediately. Uncle Wu, you have no idea how happy and touched I am after reading the letter, because you are the first person, except my teacher, who shows interest in my study. My family never ask me about my grade, most of the time I just told them. They know in their hearts that I am a good kid and they trust me. But when the parents of my classmates come to school to inquire about the grades of their children, I still envy them! I understand that my mother is busy. I should not complain. But it has always been a dream for me.
It's getting dark, but I can still hear the rustling sound of pen writing on paper. It is not because I have good eye sight. It is because your letter has brought a beam of bright light that brightened up the whole room.
Who would not want to keep going on a brightly lighted road, where no one would stumble and no one would despair? Those who travel on this road are the happiest. They are the most fortunate people in this world. They are PEACH kids. And I am one of them.
Wish you the best of luck and good health!
Hu Xiao Lan