Chapter 703 (Extra) — The Children’s Marriage Matters 3
Because both daughters’ jobs didn’t align with what Lu Fangyi had hoped for, she wanted to control their marriages.
The marriage partners had to be someone she approved of!
So, as soon as they reached marriageable age, she arranged blind dates for them in various ways.
The introductions were to families of similar background and status to their own.
However, although Ning Ning seemed gentle and compliant, she was stubborn and didn’t listen at all. She found her own partner from an ordinary family, despite her mother’s objections, and married him after a few years.
This made Lu Fangyi extremely angry, but there was nothing she could do because her husband agreed to it.
When it came to Jin Jin, because of her busy military service, she was hardly ever around, so Lu Fangyi’s attempts to arrange meetings were futile.
Eventually, Jin Jin’s boyfriend was also from an ordinary family, working as an ordinary office employee. His sole advantage was his good, patient, and gentle nature. He was attentive to Jin Jin, and they complemented each other well. Their life after marriage was indeed happy.
Seeing both children married and settled, Lu Fangyi might have realized by then that they had long escaped her control.
For a moment, she felt defeated and had aged considerably.
But gradually, she came to terms with it.
After all these years, she understood that her previous envy towards Lu Xia’s prosperous life was baseless. She thought their backgrounds were similar and that Lu Xia was even inferior to her. She believed that Lu Xia’s success was surely due to the Jiang family’s help.
Yet, over the years, she also came to know that while the Jiang family had connections, it only ensured they were not mistreated. To achieve something, one needed their own effort.
So, her jealousy and comparisons were utterly pointless!
Now, seeing her daughters estranged from her, she felt regretful for a while.
Later on, she gradually discussed her thoughts with her husband. He discovered that she did realize that she was wrong and regretted it. Gradually, she became more willing to listen to his advice.
Their lives improved somewhat after this reconciliation.
As for the younger cousin Jiang Chengyuan, he also got married quite late, and his wife was introduced by a leader. After marriage, they had a son, named Jiang Yunqian by Grandpa Jiang.
Jiang Yunqian, much like his name, was a modest and polite young boy from a very early age. Being from a family of scholars, perhaps influenced by this, he excelled in his studies.
He was the second Ph.D. in the Jiang family after An’an, except he held a doctorate in literature and had published several books. He was a young talent.
However, perhaps typical of intellectuals, he had a penchant for romance. His romantic life was full of flair, yet often, after the romance faded, it settled into calmness. Consequently, as reality set in, he couldn’t bear this contrast.
Hence, among the younger generation of the Jiang family, he was the only one who divorced, not just once but several times. It wasn’t until he turned 40 that he possibly realized the essence of life and finally accepted that those romantic ideals only existed in books, while they lived the reality.
This realization led him to truly settle down.
His last wife was a journalist twelve years his junior. After getting married, they never wanted children, despite family pressures. They were determined not to have kids.
In all honesty, the family fretted over this matter for the youngest cousin. Now that he’s finally settled, they no longer intervene, leaving it to his own choices.
Ironically, despite their firm decision against having children, when Jiang Yunqian was 49, his wife unexpectedly became pregnant. Due to health reasons, termination wasn’t an option, so the child was born.
Surprisingly, the couple, who had adamantly stated their dislike for children previously, turned into doting parents, showcasing their child every day on social media.
They seemed like entirely different people from their previous selves.
And it was like they never said those things before.
Chapter 704 (Extra) — The End of Life
Perhaps due to drinking the spiritual spring water for nearly a lifetime, Lu Xia and Jiang Junmo’s health remained robust even at a hundred years old.
Lu Xia often joked with Jiang Junmo that the two of them were probably going to turn into two old monsters.
Yet, regardless of how healthy their bodies were, they couldn’t surpass the limits of human life.
When they were nearing 110 years old, Lu Xia and Jiang Junmo both reached the end of their lives.
On this day, both of them seemed to have a premonition.
Early in the morning, Jiang Junmo called their children, asking them to come back.
Because their parents were getting older, the children often kept an eye on their parents’ condition. Upon receiving the call, it didn’t take long for everyone to gather with their families.
By now, Lu Xia and Jiang Junmo already had great-grandchildren!
With so many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, although Lu Xia’s health was good, her memory had started to decline, and she couldn’t remember who was who anymore.
Yet, despite this, hearing the children chattering and calling her “great-grandmother” and “great-grandfather,” she was still very happy.
And so, the whole family spent a lively day together.
As the evening approached, the children wanted to stay the night to keep them company, but Jiang Junmo sent them all away.
Finally, the bustling day quieted down.
The household staff had been sent to rest early by Jiang Junmo.
The two of them sat on lounge chairs in the yard, gazing at the starry sky in the darkness.
Lu Xia, gazing at the sky, sighed, “Ah, we can’t see the stars these days…”
Jiang Junmo chuckled, “Yeah, the starry sky was much better in the past.”
Turning to look at him, Lu Xia remarked, “Your smile just adds more wrinkles!”
Jiang Junmo glanced back at her, “You’ve got a fair share too!”
Laughing at his response, Lu Xia said, “But you’re still a handsome old man…”
“Hehe, and you’re a beautiful old lady,” Jiang Junmo teased.
After exchanging these words, they continued to gaze at the stars with smiles on their faces.
After a while, Jiang Junmo asked, “Could you tell me about your past life?”
“How far back?” Lu Xia inquired.
“Uh… how about before ’73?” Jiang Junmo specified.
Lu Xia fell silent for a moment and began recalling, “My past, that’s a long time ago…
I was an orphan, raised in an orphanage from a very young age. My life, from my earliest memories, was always cautious because I was afraid of not being fed if I misbehaved…
The orphanage was quite remote, and not many people came to adopt, so I lived there until I was 18.
To sustain the orphanage, the kids there would help with chores, take odd jobs, or cultivate and grow crops.
Thankfully, there was state aid, and I could attend school without cost. I managed to get into a university and left the orphanage after graduation.
I found a job after graduating, and though the pay wasn’t much, it was enough to support myself.
At that time, my dream was simply to have a place I could call my own… but it seemed so hard to achieve.”
Pausing there, Lu Xia glanced at Jiang Junmo, “Is it too dull?”
Jiang Junmo shook his head, “Not at all, it’s wonderful.”
Finishing his sentence, he reached out and held her hand.
“I’m truly lucky!”
To have met you in the ’70s…
Lu Xia also held his hand tightly, “I’m the fortunate one!”
To have met you in the ’70s…
“This life, are you content?” Lu Xia looked at him and asked.
“Very content, very happy!” Jiang Junmo’s gaze softened as he looked at her.
Before going to sleep that night, Lu Xia asked Jiang Junmo one last question, “Do you think there’s a next life for people?”
“In the next life, will we meet again?”
Finishing her words, Lu Xia closed her eyes slowly.
Once she fell silent, Jiang Junmo reached out with a trembling hand, pausing it near her nose.
Then his pupils contracted, returning to calmness afterward.
Silently lying beside her, after a moment’s thought, he reached for her hand, which was now devoid of warmth, and finally said, “In the next life, let me find you, Xiao Xiao, please wait for me…”
Then he closed his eyes, and gradually his chest stopped its movement…
– To accompany is the longest confession of love, and to wait is the most affectionate form of companionship. May in the next life, we understand, meet, and stand by each other. May we meet again, with me as the youthful and ignorant young man, and you as the sunny and beautiful girl…
THE END. （✿ ͡◕ ᴗ◕)つ━━✫・*。
Who is cutting onions? (T⌓T)
Thank you for accompanying Lu Xia and Jiang Junmo ’till their old age. (ᅌᴗᅌ✿)
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