The touching story of a 20-year-old student at Chengdu University who made the big decision to take her grandma along with her to college has melted hearts across the Chinese internet.
The family of Liu Lin, a university sophomore student, was met with a series of misfortunes over the past year. In March, Liu’s grandma broke her leg; in April, her dad passed away due to an illness. Saddened by these events, her mother suffered a complete mental breakdown, Sina News reports.
With her mother incapable of taking care of her 93-year-old grandmother, Liu made the big decision in August to take her grandma from their hometown and have her come and live with her in a rented room near campus.
“I was raised by my grandma, now it’s my turn. And I don’t have any other choice. No one else could care for her,” Liu told reporters, adding that her grandma’s three sons have all died.
A room with two beds, a wardrobe, a desk and a study table has become the pair’s new home in Chengdu. The room costs 600 yuan per month. Liu’s younger brother works in the same city. He gives most of his 2,000 yuan salary to support Liu and their grandma while visiting them once a month.
To have time to cook her grandma breakfast Liu has to get up at 7:30 a.m. each morning, about 30 minutes earlier than when she lived in her school dorm room. After morning classes, she rushes home to prepare lunch, making some hot tender food for her grandma whose teeth are almost gone.
“My grandma’s favorite snacks are sausages and marshmallows,” said the devoted granddaughter.
Liu has stored lots of her grandma’s favorite war movies on her computer so that she can watch when she is off at school. Also, to help keep her grandmother company, Liu bought a cat named Dang Dang.
When the weather is warm, Liu carries her grandma downstairs and wheels her out for a breath of fresh air.
Although taking care of her grandma requires a lot of energy and time, Liu has managed to stay on top of all her courses.
“Liu is an excellent student,” said her teacher Zhang Na. “She has applied for a work-study program at the university. And she always takes the initiative to help do some cleaning for teachers.”
Liu’s story has touched many hearts and some have offered to help her and her grandma financially. However, Liu has turned down the kind donations.
“It feels like getting something for nothing. My brother is making money and supports me and my grandma with a large part of his salary,” she explained. “I myself also have a part-time job on campus to help make ends meet. We can make it and we don’t need to rely on others.”
Liu’s devotion has tugged on the heartstrings of Chinese Weibo users.
One netizen named @Lucky墩墩 writes, “This is ‘positive energy’. I hope she can realize her dream.(thumbs up)”
“It’s such a blessing for anyone who has a grandma. As the saying goes, ‘An old man is a treasure of a family.’ Best wishes to Liu and her grandma., says @黄牛肉小砖家
@用户5616338907 comments, “This story reminds me of my grandma who passed away a long time ago. I was brought up by my grandma. I had a strong bond with her as well.”
@Pisces孔小瑶 adds, “Filial piety is the most important of all virtues. Look at their room: So neat! Good for her!”
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Weibo]
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