oli naenae jizeqzy, en,
Actually, my grandmother
sygeq ditsy gninga geq xioajia
is the daughter of a landlord
ten yi zandu tsyheune, zieutoa zanhae khi konzoq, tsu yigeq
When she grew up, she went to Shanghai to work, as a
fanzeqcang ge gonggnin.
worker in textile mill.
nameq zeppengnin dan tsonkoq geq zenkuan ne
Then, when the Japanese attacked China,
dau zanhae req zenkuan ne, yi zieu dau, dau tsukhileq, dau nae dau tsukhileq
attacked Shanghai, she fled out
dau leq zieu tshen leq geqgeq lenzoe veqshiauteq kedau sageqdifan
and got on a boat without knowledge of the destination.
ten tau yi san leq, holeq lenzoetsy hou ne
After she got on ... got off the boat，
zieu, kae veq shiau teq yin kae tau a li khi. nae meq, tanzy zenkuan
she had no idea of where to go. Then, at that time,
there was a man on the dock who took her back home and planned to marry her.
But my grandma didn’t like him. Instead, she liked another man of his house, who is now my grandpa.
At that time my grandpa’s family couldnt be more poor.
gninga houshianzy kaon, ng...
It seems to say that
ti shion saegnin tsy hau
the trio of the brothers could only
tsy hau tshoe yiq diau khu tsy
wear one pair of trousers.
a ya veq shiau teq nan tshoe faq tsy
I don’t know how they would wear it.
naemeq, tanzy haushianzy
Then, it seems like
tanzy haushianzy oli naenae zieusy kaon
my grandma said
gi yau chiue khi, yau wui tau zanhae khi, ro tsaq wui tau yi req lau ka lisy
she wanted to go home, back to Shanghai or her native land Lvsi.
nae oli konkon ne zieu
Then my grandpa
hoeshi, gi veq shian gi dae son bau, yi zieu theq kaon
didn’t want to let her leave since he liked her, so he said,
geqmeq gnichi theh lianti, gnian ngu dili shian saon hoa veq da man leq, ngu tsae son gni bau
"Stay for a couple days, and when my farm work is not too busy I’ll take you back."
She then stayed a couple days. But after that, he said,
"I still have some work left to do, so I can’t take you back."
After a long time, my granny settled down there eventually.
Then they married.
After they married, my granny told me,
gi ku leq hou ji nie
after several years
her elder brother who was in Shanghai started to look for her because he wanted to know where his sister had gone to.
And her brother at that time took
a job, which Chinese people would say is not a good job.
Actually he worked as a traitor during the Japanese invasion.
Haha, why am I saying this in Mandarin? Then ...
gi tanzy zenkuan ne, zieu zy kaon
At that time, she
heard that her brother was looking for her.
So she ask a next-door neighbor who was literate
to compose a letter and sent it to Shanghai.
When the letter arrived to Shanghai, her brothers brought some people
many people, to take his sister back.
And my granny had already given birth to two children that time.
So she wasn’t willing to leave,
whether to Shanghai or to Lvsi.
She said she was already married there and had children.
however, she should come back to her hometown for a visit.
So at that time
my grandpa and grandma along with their children went back to her hometown Lvsi.
After they had visited Lvsi, since her family was still landlord,
My grandmother’s older brother was ...
...working for the Japanese and earned a handsome sum of money.
And then, after their stay in Lvsi,
chieq geq, yon geq, tseq geq, ta leq jio kue tsue lae
they took home a lot of foods, clothes and household implements
my grandpa once described that they were so heavy that several shoulder-poles were broken.
ng, hou lae ne
..well...oh...My grandpa once told me an interesting story.
He said when my grandma’s brother came with his men to find my grandma.
He wanted to see what kind of person his sister had been married to.
My grandpa heard about that and ....
...he thought himself a quite good looking lad.
ha ha, I feel that he is...
And then...well...when my grandma returned to Lvsi, her hometown. Others told her..
..not to leave.“What’s the point of leaving? Your husband’s family is so poor.”
And my grandma said,”I have to. I’ve already had my children.”
So they left later and took a lot of things with them.
ne meq, yiq tau zon lisy wae tau tsankakan
And they returned to Zhangjiagang from Lvsi.
hou lae die, o wa tsy tei than
I remember another time..
...when my grandpa told me that my grandma was very beautiful when she was young.
veq teq eq liau piau lian
At that time...
she was pregnant and had a baby in her belly.
But one of her neighbors or someone else...
wanted to take her as his wife by force.
My grandma was so frightened that she hid herself in the fields.
And my grandpa didn’t dare to make a sound. My grandma hid herself well and was not taken away.
ng, hou lae tie
Well...after that ...
...my grandpa and grandma...my grandpa passed away...
...at the age of 82. They lived together for about 60 years.
Though my mother always says that my grandma has many faults such as laziness and so on.
However, I feel that my grandpa treated my grandma pretty well.
loq zaq nin geq fu chi tsu ho le, ngu goq tsaq, lian gnin mae kae shin geq.
They had been husband and wife for 60 years, and I believe, they lived a happy life.