In the impression of fangzhuang people, Fang Yangyang always wears an old dress and walks around in front of the house.Her pockets were stuffed with snacks, fruit, seeds and sugar…She crouched by a stone, cracking melon seeds, and sat on a wooden pier watching the villagers come and go.
She was so fond of smiling that she would call out sweetly “Uncle” and “Aunt” when she met people she knew.
But she didn’t seem to have very close friends, occasionally playing with village children and sharing sweets in their pockets.She was white, delicate, tall, and liked by the villagers.
Twenty-six days before her 20th birthday, Yang Yang got married.Dressed in a white wedding dress and a red lined jacket, she left Fangzhuang with the eyes of the whole village watching her.
From then on, the villagers rarely saw her or thought of her, if not for the news of her death in the dead of night three years later.
The fog of early winter enveloped the whole fangzhuang village, looking sad and lonely.Fang Yangyang’s story begins here.
The pictures are huge.A remake by Thepaper.cn reporter Shen Wendi
When Fang Yangyang was born, her father, Fang Tianmu, was 46, and her mother, Yang LAN, who has a secondary intellectual disability, was 32.
It was January 12, 1997, in Fangzhuang Village, Pingyuan County, Dezhou city, Shandong Province, the poor Fang family could not afford the hospital fees, invited the midwife to their own mud room, where Fang Yangyang was received into the world.
Fang’s yard.Shen Wenditu, thepaper.cn
The name was given by Fang tianmu’s nephew, Xie Shushan. “Because my mother’s surname is Yang, it sounds like Yangyang.Pleasant to the ear.”
In fact, Yang Yang’s mother is not known to outsiders.Fang Tianmu’s younger brother, Fang Tianbao, said that the sister-in-law with intelligence “a bit of a problem” was “picked up” by himself from outside.
Yang LAN’s disability certificate.Shen Wenditu, thepaper.cn
Fang Tianbao, 65, is a slight man in a large coat and a cap.He said that when he was in his 30s, he went out to work and visited many places in the north. When he passed through Shijiazhuang railway station, he saw a woman in the corner who was curled up in a dry touch.
He recalled, asked, the woman said his name is Yang LAN, has been hungry not line.Fang Tianbao bought her something to eat, Yang LAN followed him back to his hometown in Shandong.
Fangzhuang villager Liu Fugui (pseudonym) once asked Yang LAN where she was from and she said she was from Sichuan.But it doesn’t sound like it. It’s obviously a northern accent.He also heard that Yang LAN had looked for someone else, gave birth to a child, but no one had come to her, the fang brothers did not go to her relatives.
Fang Tianbao said that his brother was four years older than himself, so honest that he “could not even speak”. He wanted to arrange his brother first.So, Yang LAN became the wife of fang Tianmu, and Fang Tianbao has been celibate.
In her early years, Yang LAN could also communicate with others and pick up vegetables from the fields.”For example, we used to pull the corn on a cart or a tractor, and Yang LAN rode the tricycle to carry it home. She did all the work.”But Liu fugui said That Yang LAN was too meticulous to do the work, even clothes can not be washed clean, housework is “sweep the ground, take out the garbage, every day for their own steamed bread to eat.”
After Yangyang was born, Yang LAN would also hold the milk, but most of the time it was her grandfather who carried it.Fang Tianmu works at home. When he is free in winter, he plays poker and mahjong. Yangyang stands by and watches.Fang Tianbao went out to work and sent money back. The family lived a tight life.
In a group photo, the grizzled grandpa is sitting on the bench holding Yanglan, while Yang LAN is standing by, her eyes wandering a bit.
Yang Yang takes a photo with her grandfather and mother.A remake by Thepaper.cn reporter Shen Wendi
Mother and daughter have similar big eyes, but Yang LAN has a darker complexion. Compared with the smiling Yang Yang, the round-faced and somewhat rich woman seems dull and silent.
Many years ago, Yang Yang’s cousin, Xie Shuli, came back from Beijing as a soldier with a camera.When taking a photo of her uncle’s family, Yangyang was afraid and hid in the room, crying. After a while, Yang LAN held her and took the only photo of mother and daughter together.
In the faded photo, Yang LAN, who has short hair, breaks a rare smile.