34.Helping the RemoteVillage
A year ago, the famous astronaut received an invitation by airmail from a remote
village. Intending to sniff some fresh air, he and his interpreter paid a fortnight visit
there. It was a privilege for them to be there, but they were shocked by what they saw.
The tracks were muddy. The river was drying up. Most villagers only possessed one
broom, a few tins and several jars and their rectangular grass huts with round angles
were surrounded by weeds. Besides, their school had no roof and platform, and the
students had no concept of clicking a computer at all. They were badly in need.
Soon, the astronaut made a generous voluntary donation to the village. There were
textbooks for students, sewing machines for tailors and tractors for farmers. His
distribution catalogue also included operating a clinic and a trunk library, as
well as giving weekly lessons to teach relevant farming knowledge like how to
dry out seeds or raise oxen. He himself not only helped do some paperwork but
also purchased grills for boys to toast potatoes and combs for girls who were
dying to get one. The other day, he heard from the villagers again inviting him
to participate in the donation anniversary. For political and security reasons,
he couldn’t adjust his outgoing arrangement-otherwise he would go. But his
deeds were remembered forever.