Joy Of Life
Wuyuan, it is a village famous for thousand of miles of yellow canola flowers blooming at the end of March and early of April every year. On the way of the village, I met an elderly husband and wife, and this turned out to be the best of my China trip. Not only did I get great photographs, but also I saw something of life living-this is difficult to explain in words.
On that day, as I was walking by the house, the couple was seated outside on a patio, have lunch. As I came by, the wife said, “ Nihao” (which translated to Hello in English) with a big smile on her face. Her smile made me stop, and I began to chat with her and her husband. I asked her if I could photograph her, she smiled and hesitated refused me. she refused because she said she was so poor, and didn’t have a pretty clothes. I told her how beautiful she was, and I would do anything to photography her. She smiled even more at the thought of that. I meant what I said to her, as she was the most beautiful person I met in China. During our conversation, I asked if I could buy some lunch for her so that I could spend more time with them and able to photography. She smiled, but she seemed embarrassed and uncomfortable, saying, “ I would like to have you here for lunch, but I do not have anything to make for lunch.” Looking at the bowls they had in their hands, I truly believed this. Then she smiled again. At that moment, her smile milted my heart, and I lost any wish for photography her. I felt my entire body and mind came to a feeling that I could not describe, and it seemed like my body and mind were totally cleaned, as if I’d experienced enlightenment.
Yes, the couple could not offer me anything, but they gave me a gift in my seeing the beautiful smiles and their contented eyes. This was something I have not seen for a long time.