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(原创)独生子女的小夫妻有一个大问题  

2012-02-10 19:43:58|  分类: 英语文章 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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The One-Child Couple Has A Problem (独生子女的小夫妻有一个大问题)

 

The one-child policy has been carried out in China for quite a long time. When these children grow up and get married, they are faced with a problem: Where should they have the Spring Festival Eve dinner?

 

According to the Chinese tradition, all the family members should get together and eat the grand dinner at home, though now many people choose to eat it in a restaurant. A one-child couple usually has four in-laws, or two elderly families, to go to at least (not to say their eight grandparents if they are still alive!), which means the couple can make only one family pleased and happy, and the other disappointed and even angry. What should they do so as to make everybody satisfied? That’s a big trouble and headache indeed!

 

One possible solution is that the young couple rushes to the boy’s parents’ home and eat a little, drink a little and wish the elderly couple a happy new year first, and then hurries away to the girl’s parents’ home to repeat the same procedure, which of course often makes them exhausted. Besides, where they should go first and how long they should stay in one home can be causes of disagreement or even serious quarrel.

 

If the couple and the four in-laws all live in the same city, the perfect solution now is that they can choose to eat the dinner all together in a restaurant. But it’s quite common that the food served in the restaurant during the Spring Festival is of very poor quality and unbelievably expensive, because some chefs and waiters have gone home (in the countryside) and all the restaurants are packed with customers and short of hands. Customers can complain, but definitely in vain. If they leave one, they just can’t find another to find any table in. This is the price they have to pay for eating out during the season.

 

Some clever young couples choose to do it by turns, that is, one year in one home and the next year in the other. Though this practice seems fair, they still wonder when they can have the dinner at their own home. As for those who don’t care much for the old tradition, they choose to travel during the Spring Festival. Since they are not at home, they have good reason to avoid the problem in the best way.

 

The old tradition of Extended Family in China has fallen apart. However, the one-child couples are burdened with heavy responsibilities. They have at least four elderly people to take care of, in addition to their own child. The serious trouble with them is that they just have no idea how to take care of themselves. The hard reality is that they depend heavily on the four elderly people to take care of them and their child now. Will they, or can they, be responsible in this respect in any way?

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