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Thursday, August 28, 2008

A Touching Love Story....

May we all derive inspiration from this very touching love story. After all age is not a gauge in assuring a successful relation.

An incredible love story has come out of China recently and managed to touch the world. It is a story of a man and an older woman who ran off to live and love each other in peace for over half a century.

The 70-year-old Chinese man who hand-carved over 6,000 stairs up a mountain for his 80-year-old wife has passed away in the cave which has been the couple's home for the last 50 years.

Over 50 years ago, Liu Guojiang a 19 year-old boy, fell in love with a 29 year-old widowed mother named Xu Chaoqin..

In a twist worthy of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, friends and relatives criticized the relationship because of the age difference and the fact that Xu already had children.

At that time, it was unacceptable and immoral for a young man to love an older woman.. To avoid the market gossip and the scorn of their communities, the couple decided to elope and lived in a cave in Jiangjin County in Southern ChongQing Municipality

In the beginning, life was harsh as they had nothing, no electricity or even food. They had to eat grass and roots they found in the mountain, and Liu made a kerosene lamp that they used to light up their lives.

Xu felt that she had tied Liu down and repeatedly asked him, 'Are you regretful? Liu always replied, 'As long as we are industrious, life will improve.'

In the second year of living in the mountain, Liu began and continued for over 50 years, to hand-carve the steps so that his wife could get down the mountain easily.

Half a century later in 2001, a group of adventurers were exploring the forest and were surprised to find the elderly couple and the over 6,000 hand-carved steps. Liu MingSheng, one of their seven children said, 'My parents loved each other so much, they have lived in seclusion for over 50 years and never been apart a single day. He hand carved more than 6,000 steps over the years for my mother's convenience, although she doesn't go down the mountain that much.'

The couple had lived in peace for over 50 years until last week. Liu, now 72 years, returned from his daily farm work and collapsed. Xu sat and prayed with her husband as he passed away in her arms. So in love with Xu, was Liu, that no one was able to release the grip he had on his wife's hand even after he had passed away.

'You promised me you'll take care of me, you'll always be with me until the day I died, now you left before me, how am I going to live without you?'

Xu spent days softly repeating this sentence and touching her husband's black coffin with tears rolling down her cheeks.
In 2006, their story became one of the top 10 love stories from China , collected by the Chinese Women Weekly. The local government has decided to preserve the love ladder and the place they lived as a museum, so this love story can live forever.

Even though I have need need to build 6,000 stairs for my husband I would love to be able to show my love to him in such a beautiful way. Can you imagine your home being turned into a museum because of your marital love?


Amy said...

I received this in an email a while back. Very sweet :D

Nicole said...

Wow, what an incredible story. And what an example of how we should all love our spouses.

Jenn said...

What a sweet story ! I wonder when they ran off did she take her other children with them?

Marrdy said...

What a beautiful story. My husband is older than me and I can see him doing something like this too. I only wish I will be able to love him like that too!

Thanks for sharing.

WheresMyAngels said...

My husband is 11 years younger than me and his mother was so unhappy with that and the fact that I had three children already. Course if I was a mother I would feel the same way. lol

Unfortunately, I don't see my husband building steps for me, himself maybe but not me (giggling now cause he is reading this)

Mami Adame said...

What a sweet story, thanks for sharing!

Nonna said...

what a beautiful love story!That is amazing!!Thanks for sharing it!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I hadn't heard this story. That is some kind of dedication.

Susie said...

You know what makes me happy...I believe if our circumstance were similiar, my husband would do the same for me. We all love this deep...some just have the opportunity to show it in such an extreme way.