Childhood + quiet Liaohe - Chapter 155:
I estimated that my uncle’s detention period was over, and that he should be free again and return home. Therefore, under the guidance of my uncle’s light face, I climbed up the high Liaohe levee.
Walking along the isolated dike, we can see a simple cottage lying alone in the field at the bottom of the dam, which is my uncle’s residence.
A winding field path and the East gable of the cottage are intermittently linked. The shape of the cottage looks like an impromptu work of a little urchin. If you take a close look at it, you can see how ugly, how ugly, and how ugly it must be.
At the top of the thatched cottage, a steel chimney like a leaning tower of Pisa was erected. From the black chimney mouth, a small stream of strong drinking smoke flew stealthily to the dike and then disappeared to the river bed.
A broken window, badly out of shape, blinking miserably at the empty, deathly silent courtyard.
The fence wall bound up with straw makes the yard into an irregular geometric figure, trapezoid, not diamond, nor polygonal. It’s almost the same!
The fence walls are all over the place and have collapsed completely.
Across the broken threshold of seven cracks and eight twists, it is like falling into the dark and humid cellar. The black room is full of peculiar smell, which makes me unable to breathe.
The ceiling, no, to be exact, there is no ceiling at all in the thatched cottage. The beams and purlins are exposed without any cover. They are covered with oil and become many thick gray nets.
The red brick floor is covered with oily dirty water, and I feel uneasy and sticky when I trample on it.
There is no painting door frame hanging a curtain that has lost its original color, dirty to do a rag are not qualified.
Clinging to the west wall smeared with yellow mud, there is a broken table shaking in the West. I’m sure that if you touch it a little, people will immediately turn upside down. On the table, there is a bottle containing half a bottle of white wine and several broken porcelain bowls hung with oil stains and the mouth of the bowl looks like a toothless old lady.
On the right side of the table was a flowered, groaning broken sofa, and beside the sofa was a three legged wooden chair.
My uncle’s life is still in such a mess. The only poor living things are thrown away at random. It seems that they have just been tossed about by thieves, and the chaos is beyond description.
All the things in the room, including the breathing people, were too dirty for me to get close to.
It’s so easy to change one’s nature!
Just out of prison, the short uncle’s skin became more and more dark and rough, and his hair had not been combed for months. His untidy appearance was like a reed pond attacked by hail, which was buttoned on his dull forehead. When I came into the room, my uncle opened his dry mouth with many rotten lips and exposed two rows of ridiculous broken gums, which were yellow inside and outside Die teeth, extremely funny, unrelated to each other, alone tied in the dark purple tooth bed.
Looking at his brother-in-law’s listless appearance, it seems that he is seriously ill, and his face is dying.
“Ah, xiaolizi, the nephew is coming!”
When I came into the room, my uncle stood up excitedly. The ragged pudding on his buttocks was still comically shaking. He gently grabbed my arm and sent my aunt to brush the pot and stir fry dishes: “his aunt, quickly stir fry some dishes. Let me have a drink with xiaolizi!”
“Oh, uncle, please don’t bother. I just finished drinking, and I haven’t sobered up yet Oh, uncle, I haven’t seen you for many years. I really miss you! ”
I sat next to my uncle.
My uncle stretched out his withered and yellow hand, and gently patted me on the shoulder: “force, thank you. For the work of uncle, I have sent people everywhere to help uncle come out early. Uncle will always thank you!”
I asked my uncle in a puzzled way: “the third uncle has already entrusted someone, but why don’t you come out? You have to squat for half a month. Uncle, what’s the use of your stubborn strength?”
uncle pauses: “your third uncle’s affection, uncle can’t afford it. Who is your third uncle? That’s a man of honor in our town. And what’s uncle? He’s a poor man.”
“Hi, uncle, you think too much, uncle, what kind of favor will you have! Really, “
” big nephew, uncle thinks like this. You’ve already spent a lot of effort for my uncle’s sake. Uncle, how can I bother you again! “Ouch”
my uncle suddenly screamed and sat down in pain: “ouch, my feet hurt!”
I looked at my uncle with concern: “what’s wrong with your feet
my uncle groaned in pain, and said with gratitude on his face, “Xiao Lizi, it’s rare that you can come to see my uncle. Wow, my uncle is very happy. Oh, uncle is finished!
Uncle’s life is completely over!
Uncle is going to die. He is going to die soon. Dead! Look
My uncle moved his buttocks and raised his trouser legs to show me his heel.
My God, uncle’s heel has a finger like ulcer, stuffed with cotton ball, thick blood overflowing.
“Well, it’s vasculitis, my nephew. My uncle is struggling to walk now.”
The uncle put down his trousers and sighed.
“Ah, ah, ah, Ma, Ma,”
there was a little boy on the disordered soil Kang, shouting and dancing two little hands aimlessly, as if to welcome me or to make fun of me.
“Uncle, whose child is this?”
I asked my uncle.
“Who else’s, your cousin’s!”
My uncle grabbed half a bottle of white wine on the table and took a strong SIP: “well, nephew, there is no one in our family who is good enough. I don’t need to mention it. Your cousin is miserable enough. He has no occupation and can’t earn a cent. Xiaoli, if you don’t have money, you’re not a person. Well, in order to survive, my daughter-in-law had to leave her baby at the breast and go to a new hotel to be a wet nurse for the guests! “Ah”
when I heard my uncle’s murmur, my head hummed: what?
Cousin and daughter-in-law become a wet nurse?
And I, just a few days ago, played with a young woman who was a nanny. Was she my cousin’s daughter-in-law I never knew?
My God, what have I done?
“Well,” sighed the uncle, “well, if you leave your children alone, they will scream with hunger, but she will go to the hotel and give the milkman to others. What kind of world is it? Let the poor live!”
“Ah, it’s nice to go to that kind of place.”
the aunt outside the house continued: “what are the nannies? Frankly speaking, it’s the kiln girls. Alas, the daughter-in-law has become the kiln girls! Alas
Wow – Plum!
It was her!
I suddenly stupefied: plum, is I and three pants together sucking milk big plum?
My dear, I’m really heartless. I should be struck by thunder!
my uncle took a sip of white wine again and continued: “xiaolizi, how can my uncle live this day? There is no one who will let me worry. Your cousin is more upset. Her son-in-law helped his brother to build a house with bricks after only one year’s marriage. It was raining heavily that day. The road was slippery and the car overturned into the ditch. Her son-in-law was paralyzed by the rolling bricks.
Now, he is a dead man, but he can breathe and eat. You can say he is a living man, but he can’t move. He doesn’t even know his daughter-in-law.
How can you live in this family!
Oops There is no way, your cousin, she has to go out to do that business! ”
I was shocked again: why, cousin, I’m a chicken!
“The child’s father!”
My aunt cried and then said, “yesterday, I thought you should come back. I thought about going to the girl to ask for some eggs and stir fry some food and wine for you. Even if it was to meet the wind for you, but as soon as I opened her door, guess what I saw? “Ah,”
“what, his aunt,”
his uncle murmured dully, “big girl, in addition to the dead paralytic, and then the in and out of the prostitutes, what else can you see
“Well, my son, he has no way to live. It’s always better to do that than to die of starvation. However, whoring customers, you go home one by one. Let alone, you are a large group!
Well “What, a group!
“Uncle’s dry body suddenly trembled:” a large group?
Well, his aunt, what are you talking about? The girl recruited a large group of whores at home?
What, she’s not going to live?
She’s tired to death!
“Well,” my aunt began to talk with tears, and I heard every sentence of my heart dripping with blood: “well, his father, as soon as I opened the door, I saw five big men sitting side by side on the edge of the Kang, one by one staring at the big girls, and then looking at our big girls, laughing and giving them cigarettes!
His father, you said, if I don’t go, after a while, these five men are not allowed to take turns to do our big girls!
“Ah,” my uncle sighed helplessly: “what’s the way? What kind of life is it!
Big girl’s house, it’s not a pig house!
“Uncle,” I stretched out my shaking hand and pressed it on my uncle’s palm: “I didn’t expect, cousin, to fall into this situation!
“Well, it’s not money, money, money!
“My uncle is gnashing his teeth, and his indignant expression is that he would like to tear up the abominable money with his few remaining teeth.
“Money, money, money, what kind of thing are you? I have no other fuckin ‘skill. I can’t do anything except take pictures. In order to survive, I have done all kinds of small business, but, what to do, what to compensate, I sold vegetables, but finally, even the cart, scale pole, also sold together, even the book warehouse!
Well, I want to borrow some money from your grandmother and buy a second-hand camera. I can go back to my old business and make a living.
However, your grandmother and she, life or death do not borrow, alas, how can there be such a mother in the world!
“Grandma,” listening to my uncle’s chatter, I can’t help but think of the absurd story that uncle and grandma were fighting for a broken radio. So I asked my uncle: “grandma, is she good?
Are you in good health?
uncle mumbled bitterly: “she lives better than anyone else, and moistens everyone! When your grandfather was alive, all the money he earned was kept by your grandmother. When your grandfather died, she went out (married) with the money saved by your grandfather and went out (married), “
my uncle showed a dirty look:” big nephew, listen to me, you are seventy years old, you are out (married), ah, do you want to be old-fashioned, humble, let others laugh at you, I They are children, they can’t raise their heads! ”
“Uncle, it’s understandable that the widowed elderly are reunited.”
uncle insisted: “it depends on the age, and they are all old and dregs. They are about to be put into the coffin, and they are still pulling this!”
I took my uncle’s hand and didn’t know what to say for a while.
All of a sudden, I remembered what my big cousin told me, and what San Kui and other people agreed that big cousin was not bad for his uncle: “uncle, you did a good job in the town government. Why, why did you want to gather people around to disturb the public order? Uncle, why did you treat my big cousin like this?”
when it comes to big cousin, my uncle turned his mouth in disdain: “uncle, thank you for helping me find a job. However, if you want to talk about this, it’s a long story. Well, let’s make a long story short. ”
“In a word of conscience, when I first met your big cousin, I thought that he was very good, and he was also in charge of personnel affairs. He arranged for me to play a shift in the town government, which was really suitable for me to do. During the day, I cleaned up, and at night, I lived in the office. Zaza, it’s really good. Although the salary is not very much, I still have a little income, so I don’t have to pay attention to this point or that point. It’s like a piece of crap, which makes everyone look down on it. At first, I did a good job… ”
“Well, you should continue to work hard. Why should you come to such a situation today? It’s not suitable every day, and the land is not working well!”
“Big nephew, I want to do a good job. In the town government, my temperament is much better.”
uncle pleaded: “moreover, I’ve never been so diligent in my life. All the work I’ve done in most of my life has not been in the town government for more than a year!”
“But why didn’t you do it? My cousin fired you?”
my uncle waved his hand: “no, people speak with conscience. I don’t do it by myself, not by your big cousin.”
“well done, why not do it?”
“Here, big nephew, listen to me.”
my uncle looked around the chaotic room, and then, like a storyteller, he deliberately lowered his voice and told it mysteriously: “nephew, one night, it was more than ten o’clock, I went to the corridor as usual, and we had to take some responsibility for making money. As I was walking along, I suddenly heard the voice of whispering in the accounting room, chirping, like a group of mice digging holes. I walked over lightly, quietly lying behind the door and listening to it secretly. Oh, damn it, if you don’t listen to it, I’m so angry at that! Big nephew, guess what happened