Monday, July 28, 2008

Incredible love story...

I had an email from a good friend of mine who sent this story to me. I hope you enjoy it as well as I did.
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.

Monday, July 21, 2008

There are things that you can only tell them in Farsi...

Can somebody out there tell me how I can write in Farsi in my posts? Do I need to download a software?

Auntie is not writing any post. I think that she just does not feel like writing at all. I was like that years ago when I was waiting for my interview with the Canadian embassy to get my visa to Canada. I did not feel like doing anything at all in those days. The difference is that Auntie is waiting for her Sweden visa now. She could not get a visa to Canada, although she had acceptance letters from Great Canadian universities along with funding from them. "Limited ties to Iran", this is what the Canadian embassy replied to her request for visa!!!! I am waiting to get a happy email from her that she finally got her visa. Typed by Mummy

Friday, July 18, 2008

Khosro Shakibai

I heard a sad news this morning. It is sad news for all of you who know Khosro Shakibaii, the great Iranian actor, who played the first role in Hamoun. Shakibaii pased away on Friday morning, Iran time, July 18. I still remember that when I watched Hamoun for the first time in a theater, I came back to watch it again and again for 3 times!!!! I also loved his play in Moddaress and Kochak e Jangali. May he rest in peace...

Thursday, July 17, 2008

This is the very first post in this blog. Well, Princess is a little baby girl. I am Mummy. Auntie and I are co-authors of this blog which is going to be about Princess and also our lives. Most of the posts will be in English, while some may be in Farsi. This is going to be a place to write down our thoughts, worries, laughs, and ideas as well as a place to catch my daughter's early steps in her life. Please, leave a comment anytime you come over...