Two Fu Lei’s Family Letters
1954 年 10 月 2 日
October 2, 1954
My Dear Son Cong:
收到 9 月 22 日晚发的第六信，很高兴。
We are pleased to have received your sixth letter dated September 22.
However, we do not feel disturbed or worried because of what you wrote in your previous letter.
In my eighth letter, I forewarned you that these bouts of depression would happen again in the future.
I’ve been there, and so I am not at all surprised that happened.
Also you shouldn’t worry about it. More so, you shouldn’t hold it inside you and don’t tell us about it.
If you can’t air your lonesomeness in a family letter, where else can you let it all out?
To whom could a child vent his grief other than to his parents?
We don’t come along to console you, who should comfort you instead?
During our lifetime, our moods go up and down like a yo-yo. Only lives of mundane people stay flat like still water.
Alternatively, well-seasoned people stay tranquil and relaxed without real concerns.
It is fine so long as emotion highs do not stress you out and emotional lows do not drain you.
Overly scorching sun would fry grain-plantsand excessively in undating rain would drown farm-crops.