The Soul of Life Disabled Persons Artistic Performance Group is in Zhengzhou, Henan province and was established to display the artistic talents of individuals with disabilities. The troupe's aim is to spread appreciation for the hard work and talents of the disabled and give them attention and affirmation.
I love my father and he is great. My father told me a month after his birth, he lost his hands in a fire accident and his face was extensively burned. When I was a little child, my mother left us. My father raised me by performing Chinese opera in a tea house. My father’s hands cannot do housework, so I have to stay with my aunt for the most of time.
Father did not know why my mother left us. I knew nothing about my mother. Sometimes, people say I am in a single-parent family. I ask about my mother, and my father told me that everyone has their own choice and she hoped that I would study hard and she would come back for me.
I seldom have the opportunity to speak to my father during the day. I know he always comes back home after mid-night, for he has to earn money for the family. Seeing his sleeping face in the morning, I can not help saying, “thank you, dad”! It’s my father who gave me my life. I am thankful for the space and opportunity I have in my quiet family. I will study hard and will not let you down. I will earn enough money when I grow up so that you do not have to perform at the tea house.
Original article written by Yi Zhao, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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