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My father's funeral made me realize that today's countryside may not be a place to live after retirement

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My father's funeral made me realize that today's countryside may not be a place to live after retirement

My father's funeral made me realize that today's countryside may not be a place to live after retirement.

My name is Li Xiaoyang, and I am a small white-collar worker in the city, and I haven't been back to my hometown for a long time due to my busy work.

On that day, the sun was shining and the sky was blue. When the news of my father's death came, I hurried back to my hometown. Looking at the calm left on that face, I burst into tears.

My father's funeral made me realize that today's countryside may not be a place to live after retirement

And now, my father has really left, which makes me feel inexplicably lost and helpless.

On the day of the funeral, relatives and friends from the countryside came to see him off. The mother cried bitterly, and relatives came forward to comfort and help take care of the aftermath.

I remember that my father endured hard work in the fields before his death, and I once laughed at his life of exile on the phone, just because the city where I grew up gave me so much convenience and comfort.

My father's funeral made me realize that today's countryside may not be a place to live after retirement

One afternoon, I passed by a pop-up sales stall filled with souvenirs. When I got closer, I saw a middle-aged peasant woman enthusiastically recommending her produce to passers-by.

The peasant woman's name is Wang Liying, and she is an idle cloud and wild crane in the village. She told me that although the countryside is hard, they still feel that it is home.

They are proud of this, and they are willing to protect this land for the sake of the next generation.

My father's funeral made me realize that today's countryside may not be a place to live after retirement

After returning to the city, I cooperated with some caring people to launch a public welfare activity focusing on rural areas. We go to rural areas to distribute supplies, support farmers to develop agricultural industries, and improve rural infrastructure.

Before I knew it, I had found a balance between urban and rural life. Thinking back to my father's funeral, I am deeply aware that the countryside is not as livable as we imagined, but it is our precious home.

One day, I was busy distributing supplies to the countryside when an old farmer in his seventies approached me. His name is Liu Dafa, and he is the only person in the small village who refuses to accept our help.

My father's funeral made me realize that today's countryside may not be a place to live after retirement

"Young people, it's good for you to help others, but also think about whether others need your help. My family has been farming for generations, and although it is hard, we are able to support ourselves.

Liu Dafa said to me firmly.

I felt a little helpless, and the conversation with Liu Dafa made me reflect. Do I really know the peasants of this land, can I change their lives on my own? Maybe I do see them as weak, and I'm just a helper in the city.

My father's funeral made me realize that today's countryside may not be a place to live after retirement

After returning to the city, I immersed myself in thinking about Liu Dafa's words. I began to re-examine what I was doing and question my understanding of the countryside.

After a few moments, I made up my mind to go back to the countryside again and communicate directly with the farmers to really understand their needs and hearts.

This time, instead of bringing something to them, I listened. I visited many rural households and listened to their hopes for the future of rural areas, hoping that more investment and projects will enter the country to make rural development better.

My father's funeral made me realize that today's countryside may not be a place to live after retirement

And during this visit, I unexpectedly encountered a paradoxical situation. In one family, I met a young couple who chose to move to the city in order to leave the hardships of the countryside.

"We used to feel that life in the countryside was too hard, so we resolutely left. But living in the city, we really realized the preciousness of the countryside.

Their words got me thinking again. I have come to understand that the countryside is a way of life and an emotional sustenance, and many people choose to return to the farmland after they are tired of urban life.

My father's funeral made me realize that today's countryside may not be a place to live after retirement

I let go of my prejudices and had a more authentic conversation with the farmers. They want to preserve their traditions, but they also want to attract more investment, improve infrastructure, and bring more development opportunities to rural areas.

Before I came to this rural area, my cognition only stayed at the surface level, and I only saw the hard work and hardships of farmers.

While it may not be as comfortable and convenient as the city, there is a rustic human touch, with hardworking and proud people.

My father's funeral made me realize that today's countryside may not be a place to live after retirement

While trying to improve living conditions in the countryside, I received a phone call that surprised me. On the other end of the phone, my mother's anxious voice came: "Xiaoyang, your father's coffin has been kicked by your uncle!"

I was stunned, my heart full of doubts and helplessness. I hurriedly asked my mother for details, it turned out that my uncle and father had been in conflict, and even had an argument at the funeral.

When I heard this, I felt a surge of anger rise in my heart. At this time, I must stand up and seek justice for my father.

My father's funeral made me realize that today's countryside may not be a place to live after retirement

I hurried back to my hometown to the scene of the dispute between my mother and uncle. The uncle was proud, while the mother was aggrieved and helpless.

"Uncle, this is Daddy's funeral, how can you treat him like this?" I asked coldly.

The uncle smiled mockingly, "You are not a proud son, you are also worthy of saying such things? You don't even understand the rules of the countryside, and you still want to come over and take care of our affairs?"

My father's funeral made me realize that today's countryside may not be a place to live after retirement

Uncle's face became ugly, and he gritted his teeth and said, "What qualifications do you have to manage our family's affairs? We are the elders of the family, and you are just a little white-collar worker in the city, you know a fart!"

With tears in my eyes, I resolutely said: "Whether I am a small white-collar worker in the city or not, I am my father's son."

Please respect your father's last wish and leave here!".

My father's funeral made me realize that today's countryside may not be a place to live after retirement

My words silenced my uncle, and the scene became silent. I picked up the phone and called the police station in the hope that they would be able to deal with the dispute.

This dispute has not solved all the problems, but I have done justice for my father. I felt a sense of comfort and redemption in my heart, as if my father's soul would be proud of me in heaven.

After returning to the city, I devoted myself to public welfare undertakings in rural areas. I cooperated with some caring people to jointly launch an urban-rural matchmaking activity.

My father's funeral made me realize that today's countryside may not be a place to live after retirement

However, I did not expect to face new contradictions and challenges.

During the preparation of the event, I contacted a young man named Li Ming, who was doing rural tourism in the countryside. He enthusiastically participated in our activities and made some constructive suggestions.

During one of the events, Li Ming mentioned his father to me, and he said that he had worked in the city for a while, but for some reason he had returned to the countryside.

My father's funeral made me realize that today's countryside may not be a place to live after retirement

As a result, they fell into a dispute, and the family dispute intensified.

I decided to help Li Ming communicate with his father and clear up misunderstandings. We organized a rural cultural activity in Li Ming's hometown and invited the elders and villagers to participate in it.

When my father came to the event, he was amazed to see the neat farmhouses, the beautiful performances of the villagers, and the abundant display of agricultural products.

My father's funeral made me realize that today's countryside may not be a place to live after retirement

Li Ming and his father finally resolved the conflict and rebuilt the bond of family affection. I saw them hugging each other and tears glistening on their faces.

I realized that family disputes and conflicts are not unsolvable. As long as we listen attentively and communicate with sincerity, we can find consensus and solutions.

However, on a trip home, I discovered another family dispute. When I was a child, because of my father's death, I had nothing to do with my biological brother.

My father's funeral made me realize that today's countryside may not be a place to live after retirement

According to my mother, my biological brother has been working in the fields since I left the countryside, working hard to support himself.

He became addicted to gambling and borrowed money that he did not pay back, and even became a threat to his family.

My heart was heavy, and I was puzzled and angry about this biological brother whom I had never known at all. I decided to talk to him face-to-face to find out what was going on.

My father's funeral made me realize that today's countryside may not be a place to live after retirement

When I met my biological brother, he was already overdrunk, haggard, and tired. Suppressing the anger in my heart, I sat down next to him and slowly asked how he was doing.

It turned out that his biological brother lost his job and fell into financial difficulties. Unable to afford the high cost of living, he started gambling, hoping to get some money back.

I tried to reassure him that I was willing to help him out of his situation and face the responsibilities of the family together. However, he angrily pushed me away and refused to accept any help.

My father's funeral made me realize that today's countryside may not be a place to live after retirement

The quarrel did not solve the problem, but only deepened the conflict. I don't know what I'm going to do. My mother watched the two of us arguing and shook her head helplessly, losing faith in our quarrel.

I hope that one day in the future, my biological brother and I will be able to sit down again, stop arguing and blaming, and treat each other with understanding and tolerance.

My father's funeral made me realize that today's countryside may not be a place to live after retirement