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A China's Railway Worker's Diary - 7 June 1953 

3 November 2011 
 

7 June1953, Sunday

In the twilight of early evening I bid a farewell to aunt and all my fellow students and relatives. Parting is the saddest thing in life, especially when it is parting with my kind and sentimental aunt, whose tears broke my heart which made me unable to speak. So many words were stuck in my throat that I could barely say anything. Once on the tram, my tears streamed down. Phoenix [a housemaid - translator] got aunt’s permission to see me off at railway station and kept weeping along the way. Jinghua [a cousin at junior high - translator] bravely contained her tears, and Jianhong [a cousin brother - translator] is just too young to understand what was going on, and happily enjoyed a night out.

Sunflower gave me a diary and her correspondence details. She came to see me and her younger sister leaving for Qingdao. Snow also came to say goodbye, and bought a China Youth magazine for me to read on the train. Duckweed urged me to send her a photo of me in Railway Uniform. Their friendship touched me deeply. Comrades from Shanghai Railway Bureau also arrived at the station. The platform was crowded with our fellow students, family members and relatives waving goodbye to us. Goodbye, Shanghai.

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Time now is 9pm, and I'm writing this diary on the train.

Grandma has already turned 60 but is very healthy, and watched my train leaving the station. She loves me most dearly. Now seeing me grow up and get a job, she must feel very proud of me.

1953年6月7日,星期日

今天在夜色苍茫的夜晚,我告别了姨母及所有的同学和亲友。离别是最难受的,尤其和极重感情的真诚的姨母离别。剑心病了,我们不得不在里弄口就告别了。姨母惜别的眼泪,使我难过得连话都说不出。许多话语,涌到了喉咙,却没有勇气说出来。上了电车我终于没能忍住眼泪。凤娣[女佣-译者注]亦伤心地哭着。她获得姨母的允许来送我。竟华[表妹-译者注]到底比较懂事,眼里含满了泪水,就是忍着。剑弘[表弟-译者注]年幼,天真烂漫,还是高高兴兴地,一点都不伤心。

葵仙同学来送我以及她的和我一起去青岛的妹妹世慕。她送了我一本日记本,并给了我她的通讯地址。雪芬也特地跑来送我们,还为我买了一本中国青年杂志在车上看。伟萍嘱咐我一定给她寄一张我穿制服的照片。她们的友情让我感动。铁路局同志也专程来送别,同学、亲属站满了月台,大家紧紧地握手,热情地话别。上海,再会吧!

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现在是晚上9点,我在火车上。

年已60的外祖母总算很健康。她看着我的火车驶出月台。她是这世界上最最爱我的一个人,我知道她看到我长大工作了,她感到满足,也为我骄傲。

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