"... was to move big piles of bricks from one end of the courtyard to the other. After he was done, he was ordered to move them back again...
At the end of the day, he felt his back was going to kill him. Yet he kept his chin up.." - Helen Raleigh
Do any of you remember how you learned to walk? Probably not. We were simply too young to remember it. I don't remember learning to walk either.
Yet I have a vivid memory of watching my father learning to walk in 1977.
It started as a good year for my father. China's Cultural Revolution was ended. My father was released from a labor camp. During the Cultural Revolution, many Chinese intellectual and business people suffered persecution and many were put to death without trial. My father simply voiced his concern about this kind of brutality. He was accused of being anti-revolution.
Shortly after I was born, he was sent to the labor camp to get "reeducated". He never had the chance to watch me learn how to walk.
Years later, my father told me that one of the cruel punishments he received ... continued ...