As my kid couldn’t stop complaining about slow WiFi in our house, I read this inspiring story of a 6-year-old girl, whose life issues are way more complicated than a slow WiFi.
But, she hardly takes out a moment from her life to complaint.
Jia Jia, single-handedly takes care of her paralyzed father after her mother left them alone for a better life.
When I saw her taking care of her father, I was awestruck by her commendable sense of responsibility and maturity. When I think about how her life was made tougher by her own mother, my heart cries out in pain.
According to reports, her father, Tian Haicheng, was paralyzed from the chest down after a car accident.
And, rather than supporting him, his wife left with elder son leaving Jia and her father all alone. The family hasn’t heard from her ever since.
But as they say when life tries to beat you, dare to fight back.
And, that’s exactly what Jia did. With little help from her grandparents, she became her father’s caretaker.
According to a Metro UK report, she wakes up at 6 am every day, massages her dad for half an hour and then gets ready for school. While she’s at school, her grandparents care for her father.
As soon as she is back from school, Jia Jia again gets down to the task of ensuring that her father has everything he needs to reduce his pain and live through the day.
So, at age of 6, Jia Jia not only juggles between school and other household chores but also religiously helps her disabled father with everything he needs to do.
“At the beginning, I didn’t know how to shave, and I cut dad’s face and it bled. But dad said it wasn’t painful. Now, I’m very good at shaving his beard. My grandmother says I shave it very clean.”
When asked if she feels tired after looking after her dad, she told the Yangtzi Evening News:
“Looking after my dad, I don’t feel tired at all.”
But, you can feel her pain when she answers to the question “if she misses her mother”. The little girl gives a curt response saying she doesn’t miss her because she never cared for her father.
After reading her story, I don’t feel like cribbing about petty things anymore. Things like –
A bad day at the office
Or my in-laws or parents commenting on my parenting style
Or, when the maid took an expected day off on the day of a huge family gathering
@Jia Jia: Thanks for showing us that we need focus on making life easier for our loved ones, by being brave in any adversity.
It is a story which tells us to stop complaining about petty things because you never know how ugly things could turn.
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