Thursday, February 3, 2011

Love Chain Story

     I want to share a story that I received in my e-mail that touched my heart. This was 3 years ago and still cannot forget this story. Maybe some of you have read this as a part of a  love chain story e-mail, for others who didn't see this story before, I hope you enjoy.

     An incredible love story has come out of China 3 years ago 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 Guojian 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 they 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 local government has decided to preserve the love ladder and the place they lived as a museum, so this love story can live forever.


MiDniGHt DriVer said...

oh.. their love story was really an inspiration for many lovers out there. I've only heard this story once before. nice one :) thanks for the follow.

eMiLy ChAnG said...

:') This is a really touching love story!

Silvergirl said...

wow amazing love

emmanuelmateo said...

wow..what an inspiring has no boundaries tlga!

RyHeAnNe said...

Very sweet and so really inspiring...

Anonymous said...

A very inspiring love story Kimmy! Thanks for sharing!

It's me,
Cacai M.

Kamila said...

aawwwww.... that was so sweet... :(

Nene said...

Thanks everyone! I thought this story was very inspirational also. I hope this type of story is happening even now..

ALBERT said...

I post it in my facebook friend- be my friend in facebook

This perfect for valentine's day

Godbless my friend, hope i can build 6001 step ladder for my future love

Mrs. Kolca said...

I think, just a few people have this kind of story. Indeed, this is a must-read and remember. Thanks for sharing it here in the blogosphere.

Nene said...

@Albert- I'm sure your future love will be lucky..

@Mrs. Kolca- I really enjoyed posting it, everyone must read this story.


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