Ah Jin heard a new gossip about Ms. Bug from the "Information Center."
"Hey, have you heard that Guo Lihong is now running to Wang Junxiang's house every day? What do you think she is trying to do?"
"Cut it! So what else does she want to do? She is looking for her next home. Previously, it was said at the meeting that Hou Wenbo was a rogue. I do not think so."
"I don't think so too. I also saw them walking together and laughing before."
"Hey, do you think Wang Junxiang would look at her?"
"Tsk, that is really hard to say. Guo Lihong is also good-looking. Maybe over time, they will develop a liking for each other."
The women's eyes were indeed astute.
But if Ms. Bug could quietly live a good life with Wang Junxiang, with her experience in her previous life, perhaps he had the advantage.
On the subject of looking for someone, the women remembered that there was another person in front of them.
"Zhaodi, you'll be 17 in this coming year, right?"
Ah Jin's hands kept moving.
"I'm telling you, be careful in looking for a man, as a woman's next life depends on him. Finding a good one is like reincarnating again!"
Another woman then said, "Yes, Zhaodi ah. Your parents are no longer here. There are no elders to guide you. From now on, if you do not know anything, you can come to me. Do not be polite ah!"
Ah Jin's heart felt like shit, but her face was smiling.
"Yes, thank you, Auntie!"
The subject soon changed again. The "information center" always had endless topics to talk about.
After the winter, the days passed day by day.
Ah Jin's family of four welcomed the most important festival of the year in China - the Spring Festival.
Every family was busy cleaning and putting up couplets.
There was a joyful atmosphere in the streets.
The brigade also organized a cultural performance, Yangge, and lion dance.
TL's Note: Yangge, a popular rural folk dance. Picture below is from Baidu, an overview of the dance
Lion dance, traditional Chinese dance form
It was much more festive than the modern Spring Festival.
That night, Ah Jin took out the long-stored pork and cabbage.
A meal of cabbage and pork-filled dumplings, plus a few dumplings in various grains, adds to the fun of eating dumplings.
The three kids did not care about how hot it was.
They ate the dumplings with a lot of sweat.
On the first day of the year, Ah Jin took out the only firecracker and asked the second child to take his brothers out.
The three little ones were happy spending time together, even though they had no new clothes to wear.
After setting off the firecrackers, the three children paid their respects to Ah Jin.
"Eldest sister, happy new year!"
Ah Jin smiled and answered, "Happy new year, my younger brothers."
She took out the red envelopes and gave one to each of them.
The three children were so happy that they opened the red envelope and took out the money.
Inside was one-tenth of a yuan.
How generous she was this year, compared to the pennies she gave in the past.
Ah Jin took them to their familiar neighbors' homes to pay their respects.
No matter how poor the family was, they would take out a little something to entertain the guest who paid their respects during the festival.
Some were peanuts, some were melon seeds, and the richer ones would even give the younger ones a little sugar to eat.
The first day was to visit relatives.
The four grandparents of Ah Jin's had long since passed away.
As they could not go far, there would be no relatives to visit as well.
So the four of them stayed at home to study their schoolwork.
After spring, Ah Jin would send the youngest child to school.
The country now urged people to study and be educated.
So whenever the family conditions allowed, they basically sent their children to school.
Ah Jin wanted to give Little Fourth an early boost.
Her child should not lose at the starting line.
Black Saturday guys!
A happy day to us!