Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dickens Meets O. Henry Meets Stephen King?

This is a pretty strange story.  Forget "Tiger Mom," this is "Scrooge Mom." (and of course it may all be fictional...) The story.  The excerpt:

A Chinese woman lied to her daughter for over a decade and told her that she was not her real mother - in an effort to cultivate the girl’s independent spirit.  A woman surnamed Shen, a resident of China’s Shenyang city, married a wealthy man and had a young daughter named Cheng Cheng, Shenyang Evening News reported. Their family was well-off, and about 13 years ago, Shen began to fear her daughter was becoming spoiled and arrogant. 

To stop this behaviour and force her child to be independent, Shen adopted a particularly unorthodox parenting tactic. “Your real mother died a long time ago,” Shen told Cheng Cheng, who was about to enter fourth grade at the time. “I’m not your real mother. I’m just providing for your education up until you finish university. After that, don’t count on my help anymore." 

Cheng Cheng did not believe her mother’s words at first, but after Shen remained adamant in her claims, the young girl became shocked and confused. This confusion was only temporary. Soon after learning her “real mother” had died and Shen would not be around to provide for her forever, Cheng Cheng began studying harder, and her academic performance improved. Her arrogant traits also began to disappear, and the girl became “sensible and obedient,” the Shenyang Evening News reported. 

Eventually, Cheng Cheng chose to attend a boarding school for her secondary education, telling her mother she “wanted to live independently on campus.” This independent nature continued throughout high school, and after passing her university entrance examinations with high marks, Cheng Cheng was accepted into Dalian Jiaotong University with multiple scholarships. 

After graduating, her high grades earned her a spot at a software company in Shanghai. Only then did Shen reveal the truth to her daughter. After hearing that her “real mother” had not died and Shen was her biological mother all along, Cheng Cheng was once again baffled. She demanded to know why her mother had lied to her for so long.

 Imagine if Darth Vader had tried this!  Luke would have turned out WAY better.  "Luke....(whoooooooosh!)....I am NOT your father.....you are spoiled, arrogant and a terrible actor...(whoooooooosh!)...though not as bad as that guy who played me in the second and third movies....Anyway, I am not your real father...(whoooooooosh!).....Stop waving that arm stump at me, and grow a pair, you little pussweiler." 

Nod to Kevin Lewis.