Author: Yin Ya
Guans’ Village was located in Shangyang County. Shangyang County and Shiquan County were separated by two mountains. The Wangs would have to pass by a section of sand and gravel road before they could reach the cement section. That cement road was built way back then. Although it had been there for many years and some sections of the cement road had already collapsed, it was much better than the sand and gravel road before it.
The four of them squeezed themselves into one pedicab so it was very crowded. Because of this, Wang Cheng decided to get off and sit behind. Although the rest of the road was not particularly bumpy, Mama Wang repeatedly reminded him to be careful.
After more than an hour, they finally arrived at the entrance of Guans’ Village.
The environment in Guans’ Village was better than that of Wangs’ Village. Looking at the open field, it was very wide. From the road at the outskirts of the village to the far-off distance, everything was covered with a beautiful green scenery.
Guans’ Village was a village that was twice as big as Wangs’ Village. It had a population of more than a hundred households. Because transportation was more convenient here than in Shiquan County, many households had chosen Shangyang County, just like Wang Cheng’s family. Their arrival had made the population of Guans’ Village exceed more than one hundred and fifty households.
Wang Cheng’s family temporarily rented an apartment, and the place was not far from his Grandma’s house. Their apartment and his Grandma’s house were about a hundred meters apart. The apartment that they rented was the same as their original house, which had three bedrooms and one living room, but the space inside each room was much more spacious. Coming in through the door no longer felt like forcing their way in through a cramped space.
His Grandma’s family knew that today was the day that Wang Cheng’s family was moving here, and they originally planned to come over and help; however, Mama Wang did not let them come over. The two old couples were getting older and it would be inconvenient for them to move around. Moving houses was absolutely a real pain.
This new home had been uninhabited for a long time before they came and there was a lot of dust; however, Mama Wang already predicted beforehand that today’s task would be very heavy, so she had already gone to the new home with Wang Ziyu to tidy up two days before the move. At that time, Papa Wang rented a pedicab and brought them over. Wang Cheng could only stay at home because he could not drive.
After moving the furniture from off the pedicab, they started to arrange their new home wherein they would live for a few months.
The walls of the new home were not peeling badly. The kitchen had become very clean after being diligently worked on by Mama Wang and Wang Ziyu. Papa Wang could not help but thank Mama Wang for her foresight.
After they put all the furniture in position, it was already noon. The kitchen had not been opened yet. Mama Wang re-heated the buns and scones left from the morning. The four of them took a bit and filled their stomachs. Mama Wang promised to cook a sumptuous meal tonight. They would have to put up first with Chinese food. However, in the afternoon, his Grandma brought some handmade dumplings over to their place.
The steamed dumplings were still very hot. The bread was filled with ordinary leeks and pork. The whole family was very fond of eating the dumplings. The dumplings were especially appetizing when dipped in soy sauce. They ate sixty or seventy dumplings and did not even leave any. They got laughed at by his Grandma because they looked like they had not eaten for a few days. Wang Ziyu quickly praised their Grandma’s cooking, saying it was very good so that they could not stop eating, which pleased their Grandma.
At six o’clock in the evening, Mama Wang still did not fulfill her promise.
When they finished their work, Wang Cheng felt that his arms were aching a bit. Mama Wang, who did not stop working the whole day, was even too tired to cook.
In the end, it was still Grandma who had foresight. She cooked a meal for four at home, then came over again to their house with Grandpa and gave it to them to eat.
At night, Wang Cheng went to bed early. It was not ten o’clock yet, but they already slept like a dead pig. The silver light of the moon came in from the window and Wang Cheng was only wearing a pair of big pants as he sprawled out on his back on the bed. The old monk had corrected him because of this, many times before, but he never changed his sleeping position. The humming sound of the electric fan came through from the end of the bed. Their new home had no air conditioning and the small electric fan had not been installed yet. They could only pass the first night like this.
The day was not bright yet, but the cocks were already crowing.
Wang Cheng, who had been used to sleeping early and getting up early, quickly opened his eyes. The sky outside the house was still gray. Yesterday’s labor was heavy, but that was not a big problem for Wang Cheng. With just one night of rest, he was already fine.
Mama Wang had not gotten up yet. Usually, the kitchen lights should already be on at this time; however, most of the day yesterday must have been tiring.
Wang Cheng walked lightly into the yard. The marble white color of the dawn sky in the east was getting brighter and brighter. The wind in the mountains was cool and refreshing as the gentle breeze slowly blew. There was not much difference from Wangs’ Village. He did his morning exercise as usual. After that, Wang Cheng went back to the house. He washed up, then put on his clothes and went out to run along the streets. While he was familiarizing himself with the streets of Guans’ Village, when he turned his back, the sky was already completely bright.
“Cheng Cheng? Why did you get up so early?” When Mama Wang came out of the house, she met Wang Cheng, who just got back after finishing his morning run. She thought that her second son was still sleeping in the room. When she saw the hot soy milk in his hand, the buns and pancakes, she already knew that he must have gotten up very early. Mama Wang, who did not know the truth, suddenly felt a little distressed.
“I got up early after getting enough sleep. This is the breakfast I bought for you, Dad and Little Sister. Go and eat it while it’s still hot.” Wang Cheng knew that there was no stock at home and that Mama Wang had to get up and run to the market to buy the ingredients for their breakfast. By the time she would be able to finish cooking, it would already be too late for breakfast.
“What about you?” Mama Wang took the food into the house.
“I have already eaten.” The stall owner probably had never seen anyone like Wang Cheng with his capability to eat it. He was so stunned. The uncle at the neighboring table even praised him for his appetite, and then very enthusiastically pulled him for a chat. If it was not because of this, he would have returned home earlier.
This was their first day after moving into their new home. On this day, the sun was shining brightly.