A letter from a mother in Luoyang to her son who had left home to find work in Zhengzhou has been shared widely on Chinese social media, moving many netizens to tears.
According to a Henan bus driver, this Monday, after arriving in Zhengzhou, one passenger walked up to him with a traveling bag in his hands and told him that another passenger had forgotten it on the bus.
While waiting for the owner of the bag to come back, driver Zhao Pengfei and the passenger opened up the bag, hoping to find some contact information inside, Zhengzhou Evening Daily reported.
After unzipping the bag, they found a note written by the owner’s mother, along with three 100-yuan notes.
We all feel very happy about your decision to leave home to work in Zhengzhou. It shows that you have grown up. Since Spring Festival is right around the corner, we hoped that you could stay and celebrate it with us before heading out to find work. But you explained that it might be more difficult to find a job after the holiday ends. We don’t want to fight with you about that, but please, call us and let us know you’re safe.
I gave you money yesterday, but you wouldn’t take it, so I stuffed 300 yuan in your bag at night. You keep it safe and don’t squander it. Put more clothes on when it gets colder.
Son, remember to stay safe out there. Safety comes first. Even if you don’t make a single cent, we only want you to be safe.
Night of 12/11/2016
Two hours later, a man who seemed troubled ran to the bus station and asked if Zhao had seen a bag. He said he was from Luoyang and had just found a job in Zhengzhou. Knowing he was “Dong Zi,” Zhao returned the bag to its owner.
The man shed tears in the cold wind while reading the letter written by his mom.
The touching letter has tugged on the heartstrings of web users, with many also sharing stories about their love for their parents.
Web users @丑小鸭想变身白天鹅 comments, “All parents are like this. I’ve worked for more than two years, but when I return home to visit, my mom still stuffs some money in my bag before I leave. She always worries about me when I’m away from home.”
“Parents won’t demand anything unreasonable of us, but what they are most concerned about is that we are safe and sound,” [email protected]金橘8888
Of course, a selfless parent is no guarantee of a grateful child. Last month, a video went viral on Chinese social media showing one son beating up his own parents on the street in Harbin because the apartment that they bought for him as a wedding present was “too small.”
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Zhengzhou Evening Daily]
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