He was confused. His granddaughter had told him they were going to take some photos, which sounded like an odd thing to do when he was sick and in the hospital. Still, he went along because he trusted her. Then, when she came back into the room and he saw what she was wearing, he became even more bewildered. “What is happening?” he thought. When she finally revealed what was going on, the truth almost overwhelmed him.
Xuewei, Mr. Fu’s granddaughter, was the apple of his eye. Her life had taken a sharp turn at a very young age, when her parents separated. She was sent to live with Mr. Fu and his wife in Chengdu, China. Luckily, they were loving people and raised her with all the care and attention they could offer. She developed a bond with them so strong that she now considered them her mother and father. But there are downsides to having elderly parents.
When Xuewei was 18, she left the country to study in Switzerland and then Singapore. But she made a point to keep a close relationship with her grandparents. She talked to them frequently, telling them about her travels, her studies, and even her relationship problems. Eventually, she moved back to China to start her career and continued to keep her grandparents close. It turned out to be a wise decision because time was catching up with them.
After she graduated from university, Xuewei became a successful entrepreneur. The fruits of her work allowed her to live a good life, in which she tried to include her grandparents as much as possible. She took them on holidays abroad and has even brought them to nightclubs. But soon, the reality of the couple’s age started catching up with the family. And Xuewei didn’t know if she’d be able to handle what was to come.
Late last year, when Xuewei was 25 years old, she had to grapple with some heartbreaking news. Her grandfather, Fu Qiquan, fell seriously ill. Doctors told Xuewei they didn’t know if he would live for much longer. This was not Mr. Fu’s first health scare, but it truly made Xuewei realize that she would not have much more time to spend with the couple who raised her so lovingly. She became determined to make the most of it.
Mr. Fu was 87 years old. He had had heart problems for a long time, and two years prior he suffered a cerebral stroke that paralyzed his body and kept him in the hospital for three months. Xuewei knew her grandfather was becoming frailer with every passing day. So she decided not to leave his side. But something inside was telling her that it was not enough. She had to show him just how much she loved him before it was too late.