Walking home from school, knowing her mother is waiting at home keeping her favorite dish warm, only to find her mother ill and unable to get out of bed. This is the fate of a fourth grade girl of Yi ethnic heritage in Daliangshan, Sichuan Province, China.
Mei-Mei told her story through a grade school essay that has since gone viral online.
It says: My Dad died four years ago. I was my Dad’s favorite child. Therefore, Mom made my favorite dish every day. That was probably because my Mom missed him too.
One day, my Mom was sick and went to town; she spent all her money, and then came back poorer and sicker.
Then Mom could not get out of bed. I knew she was suffering and cried: “I know you’ll be well again. I’ll take care of you, just eat what I cook for you, sleep well, and you’ll be fine.”
Next day, Mom was still in bed, and she looked bad. I asked my uncle to take Mom to town. On the morning of the third day, I went to visit Mom in the hospital. She was still asleep. I gently washed her hands.
Mom held my hand and called my nickname: “Mei-Mei, Mom wants to go home.” I asked: “Why?”
“It’s not comfortable here, and home is more comfortable.”
We took Mom home, and after a while I went to make dinner for Mom.
After dinner was ready, I went to tell Mom, but Mom was already dead.
In a book, it says: “There is a place called ‘Sun Moon Lake,’ which is made of tears from a daughter missing her Mom.”
Liu Yi, June 20, 2015.
Some netizens said that what saddens people most is knowing Liu Yi’s fate is shared by thousands of young children in Daliangshan.
Research by Monica Song and Alan C.