Author: Xu Ying; Translated by Cana
This a real story about a grandpa. The grandpa was born in a poor family in northern China 72 years ago. He is the eldest son with nine siblings. When he became 7 years old, he could not go to school, because he had to work to help family make living.
After he became 9 years old, he went to his grandma’s house many miles away to seek more job opportunities. There is an elementary school there. He always went to the school when he had a chance, sitting outside the window of the classroom trying to listen to what teachers taught. Since then he became enjoying learning. After he went back his home, he felt so eager to acquire knowledge, he was crying in front of his mother and he said “I want to go to school! Please…” Because his family was too poor to afford his boarding fees, he had to bring homemade corns and potatoes with him, climbed the big mountain, walked many miles to go to school. In the school, many kids from poor family were studying very hard. They cooked by themselves with clothes in bad conditions. They even read books using a single oil lamp at night like dried sponges.
After many years diligent studying, the grandpa at last got very good grade and was able to enter a very famous university in the country, and graduated with excellence. He made many achievements as a senior engineer, and made a great contribution as a CEO of a company.