The Actor and His Three and Half Years Old Sister - Chapter 11.1
Grandaunt wasn’t able to give Chu Xiaoxiao a satisfactory answer, but was able to successfully convince her to brush her teeth and wash her face, rescuing Granduncle who was caught in a dilemma.
Before going to bed, Chu Xiaoxiao conducted a private investigation and discovered that she and her mother were the only ones who had never been beaten in their family.
Coincidentally, Chu Xiaoxiao covered herself with a small quilt and saw Xiao Bi, who came to turn off the lights for her. She couldn’t help but ask, “Mom, is it really okay for adults to hit children?”
Chu Xiaoxiao’s beliefs were greatly shaken as she couldn’t understand why her relatives were beaten when they were young, and why they all thought it wasn’t a big deal.
Xiao Bi pondered for a few seconds then walked to her daughter’s bedside, saying softly, “Do you think it’s a problem, Xiaoxiao?”
Chu Xiaoxiao muttered childishly, “Of course it’s a problem.”
Xiao Bi calmly said, “Then don’t hit your own children in the future and follow your own beliefs.”
Chu Xiaoxiao was still unclear hearing her mother’s indirect answer. She hesitantly asked again, “Should dad hit my brother?”
After a moment of silence, Xiao Bi showed a helpless smile and replied, “Xiaoxiao, whether it should or shouldn’t happen isn’t something outsiders can judge. It can only be decided by the person who has experienced it.”
“Some people may be able to accept it, while others may not be able to let go. Regardless of the final outcome, others cannot decide what’s right or wrong for them.”
After hearing this, Chu Xiaoxiao felt much better.
It’s similar to how Granduncle thought it was okay to be beaten.
Still, she felt uncomfortable when she put herself in his position.
Well, everyone has different beliefs.
It was pointless for her to think much about it. What’s most important was to understand her brother’s thoughts.
Chu Xiaoxiao closed her eyes and fell fast asleep peacefully, while Xiao Bi closed the door for her. Xiao Bi turned her head and blankly stood still in the living room, suddenly remembering countless things from the past – the disputes, contradictions, and the endless family wars in the old house which had exhausted her.
Chu Xiaoxiao was born and grew up in Yurongtai Community, but Chu Xiaoyi originally spent his childhood years in the old city, which was where Granduncle and the others resided.
When Chu Xiaoyi left Yurongtai, he took away all his items and luggage from their residence, but his past belongings were left in the old house, leaving behind the yellowed memories.
The next day, Chu Xiaoxiao secretly watched Chu Xiaoyi from a corner, unable to find a suitable opportunity. Chu Xiaoyi noticed her suspicious eyes and joked, “What are you up to again?”
Two days ago, this little cub ignored me, but now she’s acting like a suspicious stalker.
Chu Xiaoxiao was discovered by him, so she no longer concealed her concern and whispered, “Is it because dad has beaten you, that’s why you have a bad relationship with him?”
Chu Xiaoyi was taken aback. He didn’t expect the little girl to hear his tongue slip yesterday.
No wonder her attitude was so cautious.
He casually said, “No, I’m not that childish. I’m not a three-and-a-half-year-old child.”
The conflict between Chu Xiaoyi and his father was actually very complex. Even he found it hard to explain sometimes.
Chu Xiaoxiao was a little annoyed when she heard him spin her words to counterattack, but she couldn’t say anything in rebuttal.
Still, she was concerned so she asked again, “Are you okay?”
“Of course!” said Chu Xiaoyi happily.
He suddenly thought of something and jested, “Speaking of which, being an eldest brother is like being a father. If you’re not obedient in the future, I can spank you!”
Chu Xiaoxiao’s eyes rounded in disbelief as she exclaimed, “How can you do this?!”
Here I am being concerned about you, yet you only care about spanking me?
“So now, do you dare be disobedient?”
“If you dare spank me, when you get old and become forgetful, I’ll spank you everyday.”
If you dare hit me now, just wait until you get old and confused, I wouldn’t be sympathetic to you!
Should I thank you for not planning to pull me out of the hospital when I grow old?
Recently, the two siblings often played basketball with Chu Jiadong, and the relationship between the father and son had improved slightly, not as tense as before.
But, the Spring Festival break wasn’t too long. Chu Xiaoyi was about to return to work in two days while his uncle and the others at home were also sent back to the old city area first.
Grandma was suffering from dementia and had difficulty moving. She needed someone to take care of her at home. Unfortunately, other family members can’t keep an eye on her all the time. Therefore, Chu Jiadong specially invited his uncle and aunt to live in Beijing.
The three elderly people chose to reside in the old city area near a well-known hospital. Chu Jiadong planned to provide living expenses regularly and occasionally visit them when he had time.
His uncle was the youngest brother of Grandma, and since he had a big age gap with his sister, he was still energetic and strong. It was said that he used to work at construction sites to earn money before coming to Beijing and did heavy physical labor every day.
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