A 44-year-old man in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region who carried his 80-year-old bed-ridden mom to another town to find work has won the applause of web users after his story was published online.
Dai Xunwu, a farmer, has not had an easy life. His father died when he was very young and his wife left him 18 years ago. At the age of 68, his mother became paralyzed from the waist down after a bad fall. As the youngest child of his family, Dai has taken care of his mother since the accident.
Dai said he had planted Monk Fruit (siraitia grosvenorii), peppers and raised pigs to support his mother and his daughter, who entered high school last September.
But money had recently become tight, and Dai decided to go out to find another job.
He packed a suitcase and carried his mother from his hometown to Longshen town on March 22 to find work.
Dai wasn’t hired at the various convenient stores, restaurants or construction sites he’d applied for, but eventually managed to pick up a job delivering bottled water. He can earn two yuan for each bottle delivered.
Dai cooks three meals for his mother every day and makes the bed for her to help her feel more comfortable.
Dai reminds himself that his mother’s generation went through hard times, war and poverty. “It wasn’t easy at all for her to bring us up,” he said. “My mom is aging, so it’s my turn to wash her clothes and cook her meals.”
In Longsheng town, Dai, his mother and daughter all share a house with three of his friends.
Before going to work, he dresses his mother, combs her hair and turns the TV on. He cuts her food with a pair of scissors, feeds her and occasionally, buys her favorite candies.
“I hope all sons and daughters can cherish their parents and take good care of them,” Dai said, holding his mother while waiting for a shuttle bus to go home.
Dai’s dedicated care to his mother has inspired hundreds of touching comments online.
One web users named Queen wrote: “In this society, it’s rare to find a person who can take care of his mother like he does.”
“I want to give him a thumbs up for his filial piety,” user 東『紅顔煞 said.
Netizen 想要飞的鱼 commented: “I feel so touched when seeing the picture of him holding his mother. It’s just like how our mothers held us in their arms when we were little. But I also feel sad to see Dai’s face revealing worry about the unknown future.”
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Tencent]