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My name is Wang Qin, and I have been retired to live in my hometown for many years. My son works in the city, and I have a well-behaved grandson named Wang Tian, who is the greatest consolation for my old bones. Usually, my grandson often calls home to greet me, and will send me some delicious food from the city. Although I live a simple country life, I am very happy when I hear about my grandson.
The other day, my grandson called and said that he had bought a new house in the city and asked me to go and sit with him for a few days this summer. I was so happy that I immediately agreed, and began to think about what little country gifts I would like to bring to my grandson's family.
One day in mid-July, I started packing my bags a week in advance, and I was excited to wait for the day I started. Finally, on the bus bound for the city, I excitedly looked out the window at the backward scenery, imagining the scene of seeing my grandson, and the corners of my mouth couldn't help but rise.
When I arrived in the city, it was evening, and when I got off the train, I saw that my grandson Wang Tian was already waiting for me at the station.
"Grandpa!" As soon as Wang Tian saw me, he beckoned happily.
"Every day!" I also waved excitedly.
Wang Tian came over to pick up my bag: "Grandpa, welcome to my house! During this time, you will live in our house and have your small room!"
"Okay! I grew up every day, grandpa was so pleased!" I laughed and rubbed his head.
Along the way, Wang Tian excitedly introduced me to their new home. "The environment of this community is very good, there is a park downstairs, and a supermarket or something, grandpa you will like it!"
When she got home, Wang Tian's wife Li Mei also greeted her with a smile: "Grandpa, you are finally here! ”
"Daughter-in-law, grandpa, I live with you as an old man, don't be tired of you. "I'm a little embarrassed.
"Where, you are Tiantian's grandfather, your uncle, your happiness is the most important!" Li Mei said busily.
Wang Tian also hurriedly pulled me to sit down: "Grandpa is my family's guest of honor today!
When I looked at my grandson's family, my heart was warm and happy. Wang Tian also excitedly told me that Li Mei not only knows how to do housework, but also has very good skills, and I must eat more of the food she makes this time.
I remember when I was younger, my parents would cook a lot of delicious dishes for me and my friends. At that time, the food in my hometown was simple but delicious, and I still remember it with a mouthful of oil. I talked to Wang Tian about my childhood anecdotes, and we quickly talked about dinner time.
"Grandpa, let's go wash our hands first, and then we can start eating!" Wang Tian got up and took me to the bathroom.
Li Mei has already set up a few dishes on the table, which looks very delicious and tempting.
"Grandpa, you sit down first, and I'll go and bring out the rest of the dishes. Li Mei said with a smile.
"Okay, good, daughter-in-law has worked hard!" I sat down quickly, and kept complimenting.
Li Mei brought out four dishes and introduced them to me one by one: "This is cumin beef, this is boiled lotus root, this is braised prawns, and stir-fried water spinach." Grandpa, try it and see if you like it. ”
I took a closer look at the four dishes and was actually a little disappointed. These dishes all look home-cooked and have no special features. However, when I thought that my daughter-in-law had made it herself, I still cheered up and decided to try it first.
At this time, Wang Tian also washed his hands and came to the dining table, and his face was full of excitement when he saw these dishes: "Wow, it's so delicious! Come on, let's toast first! Grandpa, I wish you good health and a happy meal!"
I smiled and clinked glasses with him, thinking to myself that this young man might not usually eat very well, so he was so interested in these home-cooked dishes.
The first to serve is cumin beef. I tasted it, and it did taste more average, the beef was not very tender, and the whole taste was mediocre. But seeing that Wang Tian ate with relish, I didn't say anything, and ate a few bites silently.
The second dish, boiled lotus root, came up. This dish disappointed me even more, it was like a boiled radish, except for a faint lotus root flavor, there was no seasoning at all. I couldn't help but frown, thinking to myself that my daughter-in-law's skills needed to be improved. Wang Tian still ate very deliciously, boasting "It's too fresh!"
When the third course of braised prawns was served, my heart lifted again. It turns out that there are shrimp, so it should be better now. Who knew that after the first bite, the shrimp was as hard as a stone, and there was no slight aroma of olive oil, and there was no pleasure in eating. I couldn't help but put down my chopsticks, and my face obviously collapsed.
The last stir-fried water spinach was served, the leaves of the cabbage were yellow, and the fried vegetables were not too bad, and I knew that it was not flavorful at a glance. I couldn't muster the energy to try it again, and I looked disappointed.
Wang Tian was still eating vigorously on the side, and was full of praise: "Daughter-in-law, your skills are amazing, I like today's dishes so much!"
Seeing his exaggerated reaction, my emotions instantly became excited: "What do you like? What do you like about these dishes? It's like a monkey!"
As soon as he heard me say this, the smile on Wang Tian's face disappeared instantly, and he said with some embarrassment: "Uh... Grandpa, I eat pretty well, maybe you and I are used to it differently. ”
Li Mei's face was also red when she stood aside, and her eyes gradually turned red.
When I looked at her like this, I knew that Guan was too wide and caused trouble, and I might really overreact. But when I think of these meals that are not qualified at all, I can't help but say:
"Every day, cooking is so simple, your daughter-in-law can't handle it, how will you live in the future? This beef is as old as leather shoes, the lotus root has no taste, the shrimp is harder than a stone, and the water spinach leaves are blanched... I see that your daughter-in-law is Too young, too simple, and her cooking skills are so bad!"
After saying that, I glared at Li Mei, with the posture that you explained to me. Li Mei had already run back to the kitchen with red eyes.
Wang Tian stood up and persuaded me: "Grandpa, you think that our skills are not good, and my daughter-in-law is cooking for you for the first time, so she may be nervous." Don't talk about her, I think this meal is pretty good, you should eat with me, okay?"
I saw Wang Tian's pleading look, and then I realized that the situation was serious, and I might have gone too far. Is an ordinary homely meal worth my anger?
When I think about it, I feel a little ridiculous. An old man with such tricky tastes, does my granddaughter-in-law have to follow my taste? Am I too short-tempered, old, and completely inconsiderate of others?
Seeing that I didn't speak, Wang Tian persuaded me softly: "Grandpa, you and your daughter-in-law still have a lot of time to get along, and it's better to have more to do, right? I'll go see my daughter-in-law, and you can rest for a while." ”
I nodded, and Wang Tian went to find Li Mei. Looking at the rest of the food on the table, I regretted it in my heart, and felt that I had been too unreasonable in doing things. How old are you, and you're still willful like a child, which is really undeserved.
After a while, Wang Tian came back and said, "Grandpa, my daughter-in-law estimates that I don't have time to cook tonight's dinner." Why don't you take a break and I'll go out and buy some soy milk and buns for you?"
I hurriedly waved my hand and said, "No, no, it's grandpa, I overreacted." Every day, you let your daughter-in-law come out, and I apologize to her, okay?"
Wang Tian nodded and said, "Then I'll call her." ”
Li Mei walked out slowly with red eyes, and stood at the dining table a little timidly.
I hurriedly went over and took her hand and said, "Daughter-in-law, I'm really sorry, I was wrong with my grandfather just now." Not only am I not grateful that you have cooked so many meals for our family, but I am so picky, I really don't deserve it. Don't take it to heart, we will get along slowly and get used to it. ”
Li Mei wiped her tears and smiled reluctantly: "Grandpa, I'm fine, it's my craftsmanship that is not good, it's great that you can come..."
I thought to myself that I had caused this misunderstanding because I had gone my own way, and I must reverse it as soon as possible and live in harmony with them.
This dinner ended unhappily, and I still felt very sorry in my heart. After dinner, Wang Tian and Li Mei went back to the room to rest first. I sat alone on the old sofa in the living room in a daze, and after thinking about it, I felt that I had gone too far today.
Young people are living a hard life now, and it is not easy to have a warm home. As an elder, I should be more considerate and help them more, but as a result, I not only picked and choose, but also openly humiliated my daughter-in-law's craftsmanship. Where do I still have the majesty of my elders? I am simply a selfish and willful old man!
Thinking of this, I can't help but redden. The memory goes back to when I was younger, when I first got married, my wife's cooking was not satisfactory, but I always praised her and gave her confidence. After years of getting along, my wife's cooking skills are getting better and better. I think that Li Mei, as a beginner, needs more encouragement to improve.
At this time, Wang Tian walked out lightly, thinking that I was already asleep, and asked in a low voice, "Grandpa, why don't you go to rest?" Is the bed uncomfortable?"
I hurriedly waved my hand: "No, no, the bed is good." It's just that grandpa still can't go in his heart, and he really can't sleep. ”
Wang Tian sighed heavily and sat down beside me: "Grandpa, don't blame yourself anymore. It is true that we young people have different habits from those of older people, and this is understandable. You can come and see us, which is the greatest joy for us. ”
I nodded: "Tian Tian, I know it's wrong." At my age, my temper really shouldn't be so short-tempered. You and your daughter-in-law should bear with me a lot. ”
"It's good that you can say that! Daughter-in-law, she's actually good at cooking, but she's too nervous today. You've put so much pressure on her this time, she's been secretly crying in the room. Wang Tian sighed.
My heart sank, and I felt that I had sinned beyond forgiveness.
"Every day, this has to start with me. You go and call your daughter-in-law out, and I'll talk to her well, and we'll get along well in the future." I said solemnly.
Wang Tian nodded and went to call Li Mei out.
Li Mei's eyes were still red, and she was a little scared when she stood in front of me.
I quickly took her hand and comforted her softly: "Daughter-in-law, it was indeed my grandfather and I was wrong just now, don't take it to heart." I'll change it in the future, let's get along slowly, and I'll make a lot of delicious dishes!"
Li Mei smiled reluctantly and wiped away her tears: "Thank you, grandpa." I will continue to study hard. ”
"Okay, let's improve my grandfather's dinner, make a few simple side dishes, let's sit down and talk slowly, okay?" I smiled and suggested.
"Then I'll get it!" Li Mei perked up and turned around and went to the kitchen.
Wang Tian and I smiled at each other and breathed a sigh of relief. After a simple supper, I laughed at the funny stories of Wang Tian when he was a child, and everyone's atmosphere was finally much more relaxed.
I thought to myself, after all, people have to keep learning and improving. This experience is also a lesson for me, in the future, we should stop treating others as ourselves, and learn to be tolerant and understanding of young people. Thank you to my grandson's family for giving me this precious wisdom in life!
The next morning, I woke up early in the morning, thinking about the events of the previous night, and felt that it was not enough to apologize and express gratitude. I decided to make breakfast for the family myself and give them a little surprise.
Even though I'm old, I can still try simple dishes. I found eggs, ham and cabbage leaves in the fridge and prepared a tomato and egg soup with some simple side dishes.
I started cutting tomatoes and ham by hand, and the craft was a bit rusty and uneven. Still, I did my best and prepared to give them a sincere breakfast.
While I was concentrating on my work, Wang Tian and Li Mei also got up. When they saw me chopping vegetables, they were both startled.
"Grandpa, why are you busy so early?" Wang Tian asked in surprise.
I smiled and said, "Prepare a simple breakfast for you, you old people have worked hard, don't do cooking!"
"Grandpa, this is... Want to make your own breakfast?" Li Mei was a little flattered.
"Yes, yes, it's your grandfather who will make amends to you, and you can get by by tasting my craftsmanship!" I said happily.
Wang Tian and Li Mei both had a happy face and thanked them repeatedly. I felt a sense of satisfaction in my heart, and felt that this was the way my family should get along.
Soon, my tomato egg soup and a few side dishes were ready. The three of us happily gathered around the table for breakfast.
"Grandpa, the craftsmanship has not regressed, it's super delicious!" Wang Tian gulped down and kept praising him.
I laughed, "That's right, I was so much better at cooking than you back then!"
Li Mei also blushed and said, "Grandpa, you are too good at taking care of people, I want to learn from you." ”
I watched them eat happily, and the satisfaction in my heart was greater than the remorse and self-blame I felt last night.
The breakfast was a lively meal. In the days that followed, I also made a few home-cooked dishes from time to time to get closer to them. Li Mei was no longer so reserved, and began to take the initiative to learn cooking skills from me. I felt like she was like a granddaughter, and I was so happy.
In this way, amid laughter and laughter, I spent a warm and unforgettable summer vacation at my grandson's house. Before leaving, we agreed that I would come to see them every year.
I'm Li Mei, and my grandfather came to my house a few days ago as a guest, and there were some conflicts. Now that my grandfather is gone, I sit alone in the empty living room and reflect on what had happened in the past few days.
At dinner that day, my grandfather suddenly lashed out at my dishes, and I ran into the kitchen and cried. I know it's my poor craftsmanship that has disappointed him.
But what I didn't expect was that my grandfather later took the initiative to find me to apologize for my mistake and praise my food for being delicious. I knew he was comforting me, but I appreciated his sincerity.
In the past few days, I have become more and more admiring my grandfather's generosity. He gave me encouragement and taught me cooking skills, and he cared for me like a granddaughter. I felt that he was a truly wise elder.
This experience made me realize that as a junior, we should not always wait for the care of our elders, but should take the initiative to understand them. The elders have already done a lot for us, and we should tolerate their temper and communicate more instead of worrying.
I am determined to continue to work hard to learn all aspects of household skills and become a good wife and mother. I will also spend more time with my parents-in-law in my spare time and learn from them the wisdom of life.