Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The love story...

An incredible love story has come out of China recently and managed to touch the world.
It is a story of a man and an older woman who ran off to live and love each other in peace for over half a century.

The 70-year-old Chinese man who hand-carved over 6,000 stairs up a mountain for his 80-year-old wife has passed away in the cave which has been the couple's home for the last 50 years.

Over 50 years ago, Liu Guojiang a 19 year-old boy, fell in love with a 29 year-old widowed mother named Xu Chaoqin..

In a twist worthy of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, friends and relatives criticized the relationship because of the age difference and the fact that Xu already had children.

At that time, it was unacceptable and immoral for a young man to love an older woman.. To avoid the market gossip and the scorn of their communities, the couple decided to elope and lived in a cave in Jiangjin County in Southern ChongQing Municipality.

In the beginning, life was harsh as hey had nothing, no electricity or even food. They had to eat grass and roots they found in the mountain, and Liu made a kerosene lamp that they used to light up their lives.

Xu felt that she had tied Liu down and repeatedly asked him, 'Are you regretful? Liu always replied, 'As long as we are industrious, life will improve.'

In the second year of living in the mountain, Liu began and continued for over 50 years, to hand-carve the steps so that his wife could get down the mountain easily.

Half a century later in 2001, a group of adventurers were exploring the forest and were surprised to find the elderly couple and the over 6,000 hand-carved steps. Liu MingSheng, one of their seven children said, 'My parents loved each other so much, they have lived in seclusion for over 50 years and never been apart a single day. He hand carved more than 6,000 steps over the years for my mother's convenience, although she doesn't go down the mountain that much.'

The couple had lived in peace for over 50 years until last week. Liu, now 72 years, returned from his daily farm work and collapsed. Xu sat and prayed with her husband as he passed away in her arms. So in love with Xu, was Liu, that no one was able to release the grip he had on his wife's hand even after he had passed away.

'You promised me you'll take care of me, you'll always be with me until the day I died, now you left before me, how am I going to live without you?'

Xu spent days softly repeating this sentence and touching her husband's black coffin with tears rolling down her cheeks.

In 2006, their story became one of the top 10 love stories from China , collected by the Chinese Women Weekly. The local government has decided to preserve the love ladder and the place they lived as a museum, so this love story can live forever.

am not quite sure the extent of how true this story is, but just thinking about the man's sacrifices and the notion of true love actually does exist somewhat gives us hope to believe that there's actually one person out there who is meant for everybody, the one person who completes each other :).

anyway, everybody believes love is unconditional..but the plain fact is that, love is downright conditional due to the selfishness it possess. so, if you really do love that certain someone, make an effort to show them what you truly feel in both actions and words and never leave them wondering. the longer they wonder, the more insecure they will become and eventually lead to a break up. remember, there's no point in crying over spilled milk..if you can't afford to do all these simple tasks than never ever regret your loss...

ciao peeps...

mood: feeling a bit sentimental and realizing that my chances are getting slimmer by the minute and eventually lose that one thing precious :p...


Fridaycat said...

I got that fwded mail too...and got all teary eyed! haha schmuck.

As beautiful as the story was, it made me feel more alone. But hope is wonderful thing, eh?

JerryInc said...

yeah..kinda know how you feel :). but being alone isn't that bad, at least we can do whatever we want without having to think of any obligations or commitments right? :).

yeah..hope is good.., i guess :P. just expect the worse in everything though :).