Plop! Plop! Plop! Splats of salty tears begun showing on the envelope. Looking at the envelope, the envelope very which contained the letter that declared her entrance in to a University, Jilin University, all my Aunt Min could do was cry. She shed many tears. Tears of Joy， tears of relief, tears of hardship. Hardships unknown to all others…
“Haha! It’s the toad wanting to eat swan meat; wouldn’t she ever learn that it’s impossible for her to get entrance in to university?” Aunt Min rose earlier than the rest of the town, in the mornings she went straight to work, plowing, planting and watering the crops. She finished her work before everyone else; upon finishing she did not go plays cards with the other but instead she sat under her favourite tree, reciting various textbooks, which she had memorized. This made her the subject of much jeering and booing, earning her the nickname “toad wanting to eat swan meat”, but she didn’t care, as long as she had her books she was happy, as long as she could revise, she was happy.
“Who do you think you are!” my grandfather boomed, waking my Aunt Min from her world of physics. Quickly she shoved her textbook into her jacket, this was doomsday, her father had returned early without warning! Her mother was a school teacher and always encouraged Min to try for university, however her father didn’t, instead he tried in every way to stop her from trying . “I’m not blind; give me your stupid book. Min, go look in the mirror! You’re a girl, you’re a peasant, do you look like a university student?” her father screamed, “Can’t you remember last year, all of you taking the exam none of you got in, none of you got in! Not a single one! Stop wasting time and making me lose my face! Look at Ah Fang’s children, already got a job in the factory, why can’t you do something useful for once! Go back to the fields!” Sobbing quietly she returned to the fields, tending to the crops, only to returning to the silent country side town a few hours later. She lighted her oil lamp, hiding in the corner of her room; she copied out the confiscated book out again from memory. She had her dreams, but the whole town was against her, even her own father, all that didn’t stop her. It just made her more determined than ever.
She worked in the fields for the whole day whenever her father was home and studied secretly at night, she did this for a whole year. Finally, the time for the exams has come. Aunt Min, sat in her seat staring at the paper, staring at her pencils, sweat rolling down her cheeks, the exam was a lot harder than last years’ but she didn’t care, all she wanted was to show the examiner all she knew, whether she was good enough was up to them. Her goal wasn’t to prove anyone wrong, she wasn’t there to prove that she was smart; she wasn’t even there to save herself from the beating her father would give her if she didn’t get in again. Coming out of the exam, many of the students were discussing their answers with each other. Ending the conversation with trembling limbs and a faint “I just tried my best” she walked home hopeless, for she didn’t even get one answer which was the same as the others’.
That explained why she had no idea what was happening when her best friend, ran up to her with the envelope, hands shaking crying out the same word over and over again, “University! University!” My aunt held the envelope and her tears begun swirling in her eyes. This story is not about a beautiful princess and her happily ever after ending but one of a peasant girl, a toad, and her happy beginning, for she had even greater dreams to fulfill and more people to inspire.