Source: China Daily

05-11-2009 16:06

BEIJING, May 11 -- Li Yongbing gets up early and busies himself in a neat courtyard at his home in the town of Fuxin. He is preparing to visit his wife, Wang Qin, who passed away in the earthquake last year.

"I'll burn some paper money for her and tell her our son is fine," says the 28-year-old, pushing back his glasses, as if trying to hide the welling tears.

Li Yongbing carries his son Li Zihao in a wheat field in Fuxin Township, Mianzhu City, Sichuan Province, southwest China, May 3, 2009. (Xinhua/Li Xiaoguo/Qin Qing)
Li Yongbing carries his son Li Zihao in a wheat field in Fuxin Township,
Mianzhu City, Sichuan Province, southwest China, May 3, 2009. (Xinhua/Li
Xiaoguo/Qin Qing)

A year on from the disaster, Li is finally reconciled to waving goodbye to the past and looking ahead instead. The past year has not been easy for him, but like millions of fellow sufferers, he pulled through.

Both Li and his wife worked at the Qingping Township Central Primary School, in the city of Mianzhu. Li taught Chinese, Wang art. They fell in love in 2002, but didn't marry until four years later. Their son Li Zihao was born in December, 2007.

On May 12 last year, Li was teaching as normal, while his wife went to Hanwang Town Central Primary School to exchange teaching methods with other educators. She was buried in the debris. Their son was barely 5-month-old.

Li clearly remembers that the day before had been Mother's Day and Wang bought some vitamins for Li's mother, who lived with them.

Li says after getting the news he was "desperate and numb" for several days. Every time friends and colleagues called, he cried and wouldn't accept their condolences. "I heard that woman was created with a rib from man. I could feel pain all over, especially in my heart," Li recalls as he mixes his son's formula milk powder with boiled water.

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