Wo de fu qin mu qin

My grandmother was already blind by then.
Mother said when Grandfather died,
Grandmother cried until she went blind.

After Grandfather died, Mother was
the only one to take care of Grandmother.

Grandmother's only wish was
to find a good husband for Mother.

She had many men propose to her.
But my mother didn't like any of them.
When my father arrived,
the schoolhouse wasn't completed yet.

The mayor asked all the men
to help finish it.

According to one of our village customs,
a new building must have...

...a red cloth wrapped around its beam
for good luck.

The cloth is called the ''Lucky Red Banner.''
It must be woven
by the most beautiful maiden in the village.

This task, of course, fell upon my mother.
Perhaps she already had my father in mind.
The red cloth she made
was especially beautiful.

The village had two wells back then.
The old well was called the ''Front Well.''
The newer well was called the ''Back Well.''
Most people used the Back Well
since it was closer to the village.

After my father arrived,
my mother started to use the old well...

...because she could pass by the school.