Thursday, August 14, 2008

With Love, Everything is Possible...

*HOPE is a Waking Dream ... with LOVE everything is POSSIBLE *

An incredible love story has come out of
China recently and managed to touch the world.
It is a story of a man and an older woman who
ran off to live and love each other in peace
for over half a century.

The 70-year-old Chinese man who hand-carved
over 6,000 stairs up a mountain for his
80-year-old wife has passed away in the cave
which has been the couple's home for the last
50 years.

Over 50 years ago, Liu Guojiang a 19
year-old boy, fell in love with a 29 year-old
widowed mother named Xu Chaoqin..

In a twist worthy of Shakespeare's Romeo and
Juliet, friends and relatives criticized the
relationship because of the age difference and
the fact that Xu already had children.

At that time, it was unacceptable and immoral
for a young man to love an older woman.. To
avoid the market gossip and the scorn of their
communities, the couple decided to elope and
lived in a cave in Jiangjin County in Southern
ChongQing Municipality.

In the beginning, life was harsh as hey had
nothing, no electricity or even food. They
had to eat grass and roots they found in the
mountain, and Liu made a kerosene lamp that
they used to light up their lives.

Xu felt that she had tied Liu down and
repeatedly asked him, 'Are you regretful? Liu
always replied, 'As long as we are
industrious, life will improve.'
In the second year of living in the
mountain, Liu began and continued for over 50
years, to hand-carve the steps so that his
wife could get down the mountain easily

Half a century later in 2001, a group of
adventurers were exploring the forest and
were surprised to find the elderly couple and
the over 6,000 hand-carved steps. Liu
MingSheng, one of their seven children said,
'My parents loved each other so much, they
have lived in seclusion for over 50 years and
never been apart a single day. He hand carved
more than 6,000 steps over the years for my
mother's convenience, although she doesn't go
down the mountain that much.'

The couple had lived in peace for over 50
years until last week. Liu, now 72 years,
returned from his daily farm work and
collapsed. Xu sat and prayed with her husband
as he passed away in her arms. So in love
with Xu, was Liu, that no one was able to
release the grip he had on his wife's hand
even after he had passed away.

'You promised me you'll take care of me,
you'll always be with me until the day I died,
now you left before me, how am I going to live
without you?'
Xu spent days softly repeating this sentence
and touching her husband's black coffin with
tears rolling down her cheeks.

In 2006, their story became one of the top 10
love stories from China , collected by the
Chinese Women Weekly. The loc al government
has decided to preserve the love ladder and
the place they lived as a museum, so this love
story can live forever.

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