A poem written by an eight-year-old girl has taken over Chinese social media lately and sparked a heated discussion on parenthood.
The bittersweet poem depicts what kind of mother the girl would like to be, impressing tens of thousands of netizens and leaving grown-ups to do some profound soul-searching.
Here is a rough translation of the Chinese poem:
Wait until My body Also Has Curves
Wait until my body also has curves,
I will become a mom.
I will have a kid,
and it has to be a girl.
I will travel around the world with her.
Ask Chinese tourists who know Japan well: “Why is Japan so small?”
and then ask British people in English: What kind of gourmet food do you have here?
I promise I won’t always lie to her, saying
“You are still young, let’s talk about it when you get older.”
I will buy her a pet that she loves the most,
telling her why dogs bark,
and explaining to her why kittens like scratching cloth. (Of course, I have to figure it out first.)
I promise I won’t tell her:
“I am busy now, let’s go next time.”
I will ask her what her dream is,
and if her dream can be realized,
I promise to help her make it come true,
no matter how hard it’s going to be.
Don’t think I was just lying,
When the time comes, I promise you,
I will be a good mom like that.