I had a bad childhood but now its one of the most famous books. It all started when I was little and lived with my parents, in the song period. We were one of the wealthiest families. We wore silk robes almost everyday.Unlike my poor friends that had hemp clothes that smelled like old wet hay. We also lived in a big wooden house. Everyone in the town believed in a religion, for my parents it was Christianity, but I did not. I still went to church with them and had to do all of those things but I never liked it. I wanted to be Taoist because it is not rules but things you should try and do. It was a cold day in october and I really did not want to go to church. So when my mom came in I said, “ Mom I really do not feel good.” I said. But apparently my mom was not in a good mood.
She said, “ How come you are sick today, the day we have to go to church and not yesterday when we did not have to go.” she said angrily while waving her arms.
“I don't know,“I said very impatiently “I can't control when I am sick.”
“Fine you can stay home.” After they left I started plotting how I am going to tell my parents that I want to be taoist. I thought maybe write them a note or make them dinner and tell them. After a lot of thinking I decided I was going to get them in there happy mood and tell them then. At that point I had about 1 hour before they came home. So I started reading my Taoism book, that my friend snuck into my house. I always learn new things, and today I learned that I should start meditating and discover who I am.One thing I learned last week was to live with compassion and harmony.
At that moment I heard a window break and rushed down the stairs to she a young boy in a black hood taking are neighbors the Da Chin’s little gold box. If I liked them I would have gotten someone to help but I decided not to tell anyone. I despise them because when I was 6 I was playing in the backyard and my friend had just given me the new Taisum book and the dad saw me and told my parents. After that I was not allowed to say the word taoism without getting shunned by my parents. So after that I was not allowed to see her for a week. I went back to my room and right after I go in bed I heard my parents come in. Then I heard my mom walk to my room and she opened the door. My mom started looking at me.
At that moment, I do not know what I was thinking but I blurted out, “I do not want to be christian, I want to be Taoist.”
My mom jumped back and said, “ What did you Say said, take it back, take it back now!” she said it so angrily that her eyes started to twitching.
“No, I won't.” My mom stormed out of my room and locked me in there, she did not bother to give me food. My room is next to my parents so I heard them talking about my punishment. I heard things like ;
“ No she will leave this house if she is not christian.”
“She is just a kid don't be so hard.” But the thing that surprised me the most was this.
“ She will leave for a week and if she is not christian by the end we will not talk to her” said my mom.
“Fine, one week.” said my dad. At that moment I ran grabbed the biggest bag I could find and started putting everything useful and valuable to me in it. That night when my parents were asleep I crawled out my window and in to my parents window, when I was in their room I stole some money.
That morning my mom came in and said “you will be out of the house for one week and if by the end you are christian you can come back and live here.”
I left right away and ran to my friends Hu’s (Hu means tiger in chinese) house but her parents said that my parents payed them to keep me out. That night I found a ditch and to sleep in. After 10 min my stomach started making weird noises like lion growls and thats when I realized I was hungry so I went and stole some of the rice in the rice fields and started cooking it over a fire. When I was cooking something caught my eye in a patch of green grass. When I picket It up a arow was pointing at a N. At that moment I realized that this is a compass a new invention that china created. One week went by like this me stealing food and trying not to get noticed. Right at midnight on the last night of the week my parents found me sleeping in a ditch, and my mom got right to the point. With a booming voice she said
“Are you going to be christian or Taoist.”
Without hesitation I said, “Taoist.” and my family turned their back to me and walked away with there hair blowing in the wind. That night(without me knowing) in the courthouse people gathered and said that I would have to leave town or go to jail, if I could not get back into my family because they do not like that I am stealing food. That morning a boy with dark hair and scratches on his arms looked down at me and said
“You have to get out of here.”
As I looked closer I realized that he was the same boy that stole from the Da Chin’s. Without thinking I said “ You were the one that stole from the Da Chin’s.”
“Yes,” he said, “that box was my grandfathers once and they stole it from me, its very precious to my family, now lets get your things and get walking, I will walk with you partway and then you're on your own.”
‘Where are we going?”
“I will tell you when we are walking.” said Cha ling. In the end the reason he was helping me is this same thing happened to his older brother and he believes that people should be able to pick what we believe in what we want. He is taking me to go live with his aunt and uncle in a nearby town that are Taoist.
About 3/4 of the way he said “I have to go now follow the path and the first town you reach , it is where my aunt and uncle live, they live on Yu rode.” So I lived with them and I still live in the same house. Everyday I practiced Taoism by living with nature and being true to myself.