The nonprofit "Light of Love", is a volunteer group established in 2008 by students in China Pharmaceutical University. The group aims to develop health education in rural areas in Western China to teach people to safely use medicine.
Recently, we initiated a program on weibo to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with Senior Citizens. I am glad that I took part in the program because I ended up having a great time with Grandma Sha and her family members. On mid-autumn’s day, we visited Grandma Sha’s home and brought some fruits and mooncakes. She was very happy to see us and gave us a warm welcome into her home. There were lots of potted flowers all around her house, and Grandma Sha showed us these beautiful creatures and told us many things about them. At about five o’clock, we started to prepare for dinner. With help of another volunteer, we were able to successfully serve a fancy festival dinner.
At the beginning of the dinner, we proposed a toast to both the grandma and the grandpa; we wished them a happy festival and good health all year round. Grandma was very happy and kept telling grandpa, “Look, our grand-children made all the dishes for us!” Grandpa is a war veteran--he had a stroke once, so he has trouble with speaking clearly and walking steadily. Nevertheless, we were still glad to see their smiles. It was truly a treasurable time for everyone!
After dinner, we cleared away the dishes and had a nice conversation with Grandma until it got late. Grandma and Grandpa were tired and both needed rest, so we said goodbye to them and promised that we would visit them later.
On the way back home, we talked about family reunion and realized that no matter how far we are from home, our family shall never be forgotten.
Original Article written by Chao Li, translated by ShiShi Ma, edited by US interns Kevin Mo and Isabel Auyeung.
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