Originally posted on my husband’s blog 06-01-2015
I saw three minutes of a PBS show where some rural Chinese parents had left their home to earn money to send back to the family. Upon their return the first thing they wanted to see was the report card of their child. The first thing they said was, “You were fifth in your class; why didn’t you do better?” I immediately felt sad and turned off the show.
What should have been the first emotion? Should not it have been a gladness to see the child after being away? They wanted the child to succeed (I suppose) but was their child’s success only a token for their own success? Was the only purpose of the child’s existence to please the parents?
If I was the child I would have the deep feeling that no matter what I did it would never be good enough for my parents. I would never really succeed. Where do you suppose these feeling would lead?
I wonder what feelings the parents of the last place child had?
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