My name is Diaoyu and I am 13 years old. I live in Northern China in Henan at Kaifeng. I have a wealthy family. My father is the emperor , and my mom is the empress. I didn't have many friends but my best friend was a servant and her name was Su. On the weekend, Su and I would play together. Su lives with me but in the smallest part of the palace. My father never talked to me because he was so busy working on inventing economic changes, which made the Song dynasty so great. My mother is really pretty, nice to people, and has black silky hair. Su and another servant mostly serve me and my mother. Su is the one that serves me food. I usually ate noodles, chicken, pork, rice, and tea.
One day as I was heading to a class to become a scholar, I noticed that my father was treating all of his servants badly including Su. After class, I found Su crying in my room while making my bed. I told her that I was going to run away because I don't want to see my father treat her poorly. Su wanted to run away with me. That night we got all the stuff we needed. I grabbed a sufficient amount of yen, food, and clothes that were not made out of silk. After Su and I left, we walked down the road for a mile, and then stopped to sleep.
The next morning we walked some more and came across the Xiaohe river.On the side of the river, there was a boat that had a hole in it. Su and I fixed it so we could travel down the river. We went down the stream for a while and came across a canal lock. This helped us go down stream. I didn’t know how to use a canal lock but this man came, and he knew how to use it. The canal lock and the man helped us down the river. After the canal lock spit us out, we sailed some more. During our sail we saw many farmers plowing and using harrows on their rice farms. We eventually found a town. In that town, we stopped for food and supplies. We went to a restaurant where we had tea, some chicken, and tons fish. After we were done eating, we went to get supplies. Majority of the people in the town were poor, and there were numerous vegetable stands. It was getting dark so we camped out for the night. The next day I went to find a job because I didn't have enough money. I wanted to work the canal lock because I thought it would be useful if I knew how to use it. I ended up getting a job at operating the canal lock. After I was done working I received my paycheck, and I left.
The next day I bought a paddlewheel boat. This boat was an upgrade from the last boat. This allowed me to travel faster. Su and I decided to continue our adventure. As we floated, we saw the segmental arch bridge. The arch bridge was a half circle and it was a new type of bridge, and it made it flatter and broader. We were able to go underneath it. We had been sailing for a couple of days, and we finally found another town.
In the town, there were many new industries. The people mass-produced dishes, porcelain, bowls,and vases. The people that mass-produced chose colors that make the dishes, bowls, vases very appealing. They also glazed their porcelain products. There were poor people too. Su and I went to buy vegetables and when we were walking back we saw an old woman fall. We went to go help the old woman. We walked her back to her house. After that old woman invited us to dinner because we helped her.
The old woman’s name was Mei, and she let us stay the night. The next day Mei offered breakfast to Su and I. Mei said that we could live with her but we have to get a job. I found a job being a printer. I was to draw symbols or characters on paper. Su was to glue the paper to the wood and let it dry. This was called woodblock printing. Then Su would carve out the wood around it and that leaves the characters to rise on the wood. When we were done we went to Mei’s house. We had that job for months and it got pretty boring.
One week after that we decided to go away to find a different job because we thought it would be fun to try something new. Instead of sailing, we decided to walk to our next destination. It took us a long journey to get to the next town. When we got to town they looked to find a job. We found a field and a lot of women that were working in it. Su and I went to go check it out because we were curious about the job. After the people were done working in the fields they went to go make tea with the leaves. Su and I went back to the town to get food for dinner.After we talked about the job we wanted to sleep on it.
The next day we went back to the fields to see if there were job openings. There were jobs open, we had to work in the fields, but we were fine with it. We thought this job could be permanent. Su and I decided when we make enough money, we should get a house near by because we enjoy and want to stick with this job. Somedays we will have enough leaves that they can just make tea without getting the leaves. Su’s job was to work in the fields and help people find the tea they want.
After two months of work we had saved up enough money to buy a house nearby. After we bought the house we went back to the place where we grew up. When we went back my mother and father were so worried about both of us because they didn’t know where we went. My parents thought we came back to stay but they were wrong. Su and I told them that we bought a house and that we were going to live there now. my parents got mad so they banned us from leaving. I told them I was willing to give up all of the family’s wealth so I can be a normal teenage girl. When My parents heard what I had to say they let Su and I go back to our home.Our home is where we can live a normal life.