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ID: 2988 Advanced
Fri Nov 18 2016 | Constance Fang, Fiona Tian
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|交卸||jiāoxiè||to relinquish one's position|
|祸不单行||huòbùdānxíng||misfortune does not come singly|
|奔丧||bēnsāng||to hasten home to a funeral of a grand/parent|
wǒ yǔ fùqin bù xiāngjiàn yǐ èr nián yú le ，wǒ zuì bù néng wàngjì de shì tā de bèiyǐng 。nànián dōngtiān ，zǔmǔ sǐ le ，fùqin de chāishi yě jiāoxiè le ，zhèngshì huòbùdānxíng de rìzi ，wǒ cóng Běijīng dào Xúzhōu ，dǎsuàn gēn zhe fùqin bēnsāng huíjiā 。dào Xúzhōu jiàn zhe fùqin ，kànjiàn mǎnyuàn lángjí de dōngxi ，yòu xiǎng qǐ zǔmǔ ，bùjīn sùsù de liú xià yǎnlèi 。fùqin shuō ，“shì yǐ rúcǐ ，búbì nánguò ，hǎozài tiānwújuérénzhīlù ！”
It's been over two years since I last saw my father and the picture that has been burned into my memory is the silhouette of his back. That winter, my grandmother passed away and my father was let off from his job. Those really were times where bad things came in pairs. I travelled from Beijing to Xu Zhou to meet up with my father, so that we could travel home together to attend the funeral. When I saw my father in Xu Zhou and the house in totally disarray, memories of my grandmother came flooding back. Tears stream down my face. My father said: "It is what is is. There's no need to be sad. There's always a way out."
huíjiā biànmài diǎnzhì ，fùqin huán le kuīkōng ；yòu jièqián bàn le sāngshì 。zhèxiē rìzi ，jiāzhōng guāngjǐng hěn shì cǎndàn ，yībàn wèile sāngshì ，yībàn wèile fùqin fùxián 。sāngshì wánbì ，fùqin yào dào Nánjīng móushì ，wǒ yě yào huí Běijīng niànshū ，wǒmen biàn tóngxíng 。
Once we got home we sold our possessions, so that father was able to pay off the debt. We then had to borrow money to cover the funeral costs. Those were darks days for our family, partly because of the funeral, and partly because of my father's unemployment. After the funeral, my father planned on seeking work in Nanjing and I needed to get back to Beijing for school. We decided to travel back up together.
dào Nánjīng shí ，yǒu péngyou yuē qù yóuguàng ，gōuliú le yī rì ；dì èr rì shàngwǔ biàn xū dù jiāng dào pǔkǒu ，xiàwǔ shàngchē běiqù 。fùqin yīnwèi shì máng ，běn yǐ shuō dìng bú sòng wǒ ，jiào lǚguǎn lǐ yī gè shúshí de cháfáng péi wǒ tóng qù 。tā zàisān zhǔfù cháfáng ，shèn shì zǐxì 。dàn tā zhōngyú bù fàngxīn ，pà cháfáng bù tuǒtiē ；pō chóuchú le yīhuì 。qíshí wǒ nà nián yǐ èrshí suì ，Běijīng yǐ láiwǎng guò liǎng sān cì ，shì méiyǒu shènma yàojǐn de le 。tā chóuchú le yīhuì ，zhōngyú decision háishì zìjǐ sòng wǒ qù 。wǒ liǎng sān huí quàn tā búbì qù ；tā zhī shuō ，“bùyàojǐn ，tāmen qù bù hǎo ！”
When we got to Nanjing, a friend showed us around and we stayed for a day. The next morning I had to take the ferry to Pukou so that I could catch the afternoon train to Beijing. My father had business to attended to so we had decided that there was no need for him to see me off. Yet he still asked a waiter he knew from the teahouse to go with me. He gave his detailed instructions to the waiter again and again. Yet, he still felt uneasy, worried that the waiter wouldn't do the job properly. He mulled over the situation, still unsure of what to do. I was actually already twenty that year, and I'd already travelled back and forth to Beijing quite few time, there really wasn't anything to worry about. Yet, he was still hesitating over what to do. Finally, he decided that he would see me off himself. I tried to tell him several times that he didn't need to come. He just kept saying: "no bother, it's no good them going".
wǒmen guò le jiāng ，jìn le chēzhàn 。wǒ mǎi piào ，tā máng zhe zhàokàn xíngli 。xíngli tài duō le ，děi xiàng jiǎofū xíng xiē xiǎofèi ，cái kě guòqù 。tā biàn yòu máng zhe hé tāmen jiǎng jiàqian 。wǒ nàshí zhēn shì cōngming guòfèn ，zǒng jué tā shuōhuà bùdà piàoliang ，fēi zìjǐ chāzuǐ bù kě 。dàn tā zhōngyú jiǎngdìng le jiàqian ；jiù sòng wǒ shàngchē 。tā gěi wǒ jiǎndìng le kào chēmén de yīzhāng yǐzi ；wǒ jiāng tā gěi wǒ zuò de zǐmáo dàyī pū hǎo zuò wèi 。
We crossed the river and got into the station. I bought the tickets, while he watched over the luggage. There was just too much luggage. We had to give the porter a tip in order to pass. So my dad began bargaining with them to fix a price. I really was full of it then, I thought my father making a fool of himself and I just couldn't help but jump in. Yet, he eventually fixed a price and helped me board the train. He had selected a seat by the door for me and I spread the purple fur coat he had handmade for me on the seat.
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