This life

When I was young, I always admired PLA and even had the desire to be a soldier when I grew up. No matter who asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up? I would answer without thinking and flatly: I will be the liberation army when I grow up! It was at that time that I had the worship of PLA and the dream of becoming a soldier, when I was young, what I liked most was the small military uniform made by my mother and the small military cap sewed by her own hands. Mother also made a small five-pointed star out of red cloth to sew on the hat and sewed two red collar seals on the collar. I feel proud when I wear this military uniform and hat. Hey! Go out and call those friends envious. I remembered that when I was a child, I went back to my hometown with my mother to wear this suit of clothes. I followed my mother to go to the hometown to make the relatives and villagers in my hometown curious and fresh. Of course, it is better to be a soldier than to put yourself into action. When I was young, I was particularly obsessed with watching movies about war and collecting comic books about wars. I even made a lot of pistols with wooden boards, and sent them to my friends during the summer vacation, then they ran to the mountain near the mining area to play Guerrilla Games. At that time, the films which were shown most were the underground warfare, the war between the South and the north and the heroes and Sons, etc. The hero characters such as Gao Chuanbao and Wang Cheng in the movie became the images I imitated, and others naturally dressed up as Japanese devils, American devils and Kuomintang soldiers in the game. When I was young, I also liked painting PLA best. I remembered that my father was very close to a staff officer whose surname was Ma in the mining force at that time. This general staff officer Ma was tall, well-looking and had a military temperament. His wife is also very beautiful and has a very clever daughter. Staff Ma often visited our house and saw that I liked painting. Sometimes when I came to our house, I sat on the stool and asked me to draw to him motionlessly. He liked me very much, and urged my father to cultivate me well, saying that I would be promising in the future. He even wanted to get married with his father, and he wanted to match his daughter with me. At that time, my father just took his words as jokes and didn’t take how to train me seriously. The General Staff Ma and his whole family moved away with the Army soon. But a few years later, one of the demobilized soldiers recruited in the mine told his father that he had seen General Staff Ma in the Army, he also said that he had inquired about the situation of our family. I was countryside, one future slim, don’t know where. My mother had always looked down upon being a soldier, and once told me that a good man was not a soldier, but at this time she had the idea of asking General Staff Ma to help me to be a soldier. This thought of her couldn’t help saying it was a good idea, because General Staff Ma was holding an important position in the Army at this time, and it should not be a big problem to try to get me to the Army with his status and relationship, at least I can be specially recruited as a literary soldier to join the army. But I didn’t know whether it was too troublesome or unwilling to ask for help. My parents finally didn’t contact staff ma. Therefore, this matter concerning my personal future in joining the army was gone. When I went to the countryside, I especially admired Li Shuangjiang, the army singer at that time, the painters Dong Chensheng, Chen Yuxian and so on. I always hoped that I could become a military artist in the Army one day, finally, I really waited for a chance. At the end of 1977, the Nanhai Fleet recruited soldiers at the educated youth point where I went to the countryside. At that time, I immediately signed up with another educated youth who went to the countryside together. The officer in charge of recruitment at that time was very satisfied after hearing the introduction of my specialty by the brigade secretary, and said that people like me were exactly the talents needed by the army, but I was beaten when I failed in the first round of physical examination. At that time, someone in the mine suggested for his parents that he would intercede with someone from the military recruitment office to see if he could let me join the army, but none of them took it seriously, therefore, the opportunity that I had a hard time looking forward to joining the army and becoming a soldier failed, and this matter became the biggest regret that I could not afford in my life. As time goes by, youth tends to decline. Although I am no longer the age of joining the army, it is always difficult for me to get this kind of complex. Whenever I go to cabarets, I especially like singing songs of army singers Li Shuangjiang, Yan Weiwen, Liu Hegang, Wang Hongwei and so on. Seeing that I like singing military songs so much, all my singers thought that I once had the experience of joining the army and becoming a soldier. Yes, no matter when I was, I would look forward to the beautiful scene when I walked into the military camp in military uniform, and I would always miss the horse staff officer who had known me well and loved me very much in my childhood. (Written on the eve of the 2015 Army Day) Zan (prose editor: Jiangnan wind) the snow in spring

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