Youth

At a gathering of former workmates, Fan Fan accidentally got the information that cuixian settled in Zhuhai, Guangdong, and then they made a phone call. This was their first call after 40 years. When hearing the long-lost, with the sound of kindness and familiarity, there are ripples in fan’s heart. Fan and cuidu were born in the 1940 s. Fan is three years older than cuidu. They all grew up under the red flag of New China and received the education of socialist Mao Zedong Thought. From primary school to middle school, they used to be schoolmates. Just because of the age difference, they studied in different classes. Both of them had no impression when they were in primary school. When they went to middle school, they both studied in Baise county middle school and Cui studied in junior high, only when they go to high school can they know that they are alumni, but that’s all. In the early 1960 s, fan and Cui graduated from middle school, Cui junior high school and fan senior high school. It was the difficult period of our national economy that year, which was the end of 1992. After three years of natural disasters, our country was in the transitional period of internal and external difficulties. At that time, there was no employment opportunity and no department recruited workers. Fortunately, the country was building water conservancy at that time. The chengbi River reservoir in Baise, which was built in 1999, needed to build canals and carry out water conservancy irrigation. In those years, this batch of senior and junior high school graduates and some social idlers became a huge new force. The project they participated in was tunnel engineering. At that time, Fan was assigned to the first class of the eighth tunnel engineering team, Cui was assigned to the third class, and there were also three classmates in his high school in the same class with fan. Led by the old migrant workers, they fought day and night in the high mountains in the eastern suburb of Baise. At that time, their thoughts were very simple, because what they received was traditional patriotism and socialist ideological education. They only knew that they had to go to the place where the motherland needed most, go to the hardest place and contribute their youth power. Indeed, they are also trying to solve the problem of employment and personal food and clothing. Things are always divided into two parts. Among them, there are also people who are afraid of hardship and fatigue. Therefore, they also need to take compulsory measures. Those who have registered permanent residence in the street, unified by the street committee to transfer their registered permanent residence to the chengbihe reservoir site. At that time, their living conditions were extremely simple, Low thatched cottage, bed made of Bamang pole, the sound of yellow jelly and owl from nearby mountains is often heard at night. Their work is divided into three shifts. The old workers are responsible for operating the air drilling machine, blasting holes, throwing explosives, blasting, etc. The new workers are responsible for cleaning the working face, that is, using dump trucks to clean up the large and small stones after blasting, it is extremely hard for these student soldiers to transport the silt out of the tunnel, mix cement slurry after installing the template, pour the wall and vault of the tunnel, etc. They also encountered various dangers, such as large and small tunnel collapse accidents, organizing them to rescue templates after collapse, etc. If today, I think even the stupidest person will not save the cheap template at the cost of sacrificing his life. Although not on the battlefield, there is also the risk of accidental death. Of course, this kind of death is not called sacrifice and will not be regarded as martyrs. It is just an accidental death. After years of Labor and exercise, every young student who is weak has been trained to become a strong young man. I remember when I first went to work, it was very hard to stand up with a bag of 50 kilograms of cement on my shoulder. Later, when I carried a bag of cement with both hands, I could walk onto the mixing table easily. After the completion of the eighth tunnel project, they continued to be assigned to the work of cutting the water retaining wall at the entrance of the seventh tunnel. At that time, Fan and Cui had already worked in the same team. About in the second half of 1996, due to the improvement of the national economy, the central government approved the construction of hydropower station in chengbihe reservoir, and then they moved to the construction site of Batou hydropower station and arranged in the Qingji Squadron of the preparatory brigade. At that time, when they were working as the clerical staff of the brigade, because chengbihe power station was a project invested and constructed by the central government, they joked themselves as the Central Workers. Due to the construction of hydropower station, the water conservancy project for irrigation of tunnels and canals was suspended immediately after the electric power irrigation came into being. They paid countless Labor days and hard work, even the large-scale tunnel project, which had paid the cost of life, was immediately lost and became a historical relic. What makes people feel regretful is that how much labor, financial resources and material resources the country has paid for them. At that time, they were in their youth, and their youth and energy, it is also consumed in the tunnel project which has no use value in the end. Because Cui and all alumni helped and took care of each other in the common work, they had a deeper friendship. They didn’t have romantic environment and love each other before and after the flowers. They just went back to their own homes in the county after work on weekends, and went to work together on the construction site the next day. On this mountain path in the wilderness, warm and beautiful memories were left. There was no promise or promise between them, but they also had the same heart. Their friendship started from the construction site of qidongkou and remained until the construction site of chengbihe hydropower station, that is, from 1996 to the first half of 1996. In October of 1995, Fan was transferred to the finance bureau of Baise county. It was just the rise of the unprecedented Proletarian Cultural Revolution that year. Fan went to the countryside all the year round, and with frequent political movements, the chances of contact between fan and Cui were less, their last contact was after Cui was transferred to Baise nitrogenous fertilizer plant. For many reasons, they did not enter the Palace of marriage. Because marriage pays attention to fate, there is only fate between them, and there is no distinction. Since then, they have established their own families successively. When Cui was newly married, he once invited Fan to their new house to get acquainted with her husband and hydropower department. This ingenious way of handling makes everyone feel embarrassed at the same time, he also feels a little warm in his heart, because in a sense, he is not a complete loser in marriage and love, marriage does not lead to friendship. The only thing he could express was that he wished Cui and his wife a good relationship for a hundred years. About 2017, Cui and her husband were transferred to Fangchenggang. Cui once invited Fan to their residence to attend their farewell tea party with relatives and friends. So far, Shuangli had no information, because fan had always thought that Cui was in Fangchenggang, and he didn’t know that Cui and his wife were transferred to Zhuhai, Guangdong province several years later. And Cui also thought that fan was transferred to the north. In fact, fan returned to Baise that year. In the tomb-sweeping day of May, when we met Cui again, It has been 40 spring and autumn years apart, fan 72 years old, Cui 69 years old. When they looked at each other, both of them were stunned, because the man standing in front of them was not the handsome man and pretty woman who were in the past, but the old man in the twilight. Cui is still the short hair of Qi Er at that time, but the original black and shiny hair has lost its former luster, mixed with the silky white hair, the original sunny, delicate and rosy face, also lost the color of the past, slightly fat, the original tense facial muscles have been a little loose, but the eyes are still so concentrated and peaceful. I thought that the people who came back from big cities were not of the same level as us, but Cui’s dress was not deliberately dressed, and he didn’t have the style of a big boss who returned home from big cities. He was approachable and easygoing, meet unchanged. In the days around Qingming Festival, fan and Cui attended the gathering of former workers, took photos of the group, visited the People’s Park, and Cui and his two younger brothers, my sister-in-law visited the newly developed garden and Expo Park, strolled in Jiefang Street and Yancang Lane in the old town of Baise, looking for douchi Lane where Cui once lived in her childhood, but in the high-rise streets and alleys, I can’t find any trace of it any more, the past, I can only stay in the warm memory. Time can change people’s appearance. Youth will not remain permanent, but friendship is eternal. If you don’t believe it, you can take a look at their collective photos. The intimate friendship of comrades-in-arms is permeated with their bright smiling faces; And the nature of Labor accumulated in the youth years, hidden in their dark skin, it became an indelible permanent mark. 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