once had a family. It was a family with a father, a mother and
father earned his living by labour. As the role he played in the
family was so essential, he considered himself the king. No one
could possibly survive, if one refused to rely on him. In the
family, he had power, privilege and respect. He was also strict
with his four children and sometimes mean. Charles came second
after his elder sister, Rose and was followed by Ann, his little
sister and then Samson, his little brother. Being in the middle,
he himself always slipped his parent's mind. To him, love was
far from his reach and delicate. So was his sister, Ann. Both
of them were tired of being sandwiched in the middle. Rose and
Samson, on the other hand, were treated differently. Rose was
considered the most intelligent and mature girl and could help
the family with something. Since their parents were not well-educated,
they relied on her so much that she got the right to decide, make
choices, and bargain with their parents. Samson was the youngest
among the others, both in size and age. He got a lot of attention
from his parents. He still needed help to button his shirts and
tie his shoelaces. He could not take care of himself properly.
Unlike his mature brother and sisters who would argue with their
parents, Samson could be dealt
Rose was a talkative person, willing to
express herself, never tried to hide anything. Having no fear
of anything, she was strong willed and tried to stick to her own
principles. Charles could not figured out how she could develop
such a character in their family circumstances.
Charles, on the contrary, possessed none of Rose's personality.
He received no attention and no affection from his parents. He
never volunteered opinion or idea. He never thought of persuading
others to follow or believe in his own way as if he was born to
obey and comply. In the family there would only be two streams
of thinking and opinion. One was from their father, the king,
the other one was from his elder sister.
resembled Charles to a certain extent. She was a conservative
girl in some ways and sometimes she was quite brilliant dealing
with people. She was determined. She always tried to equal with
her sister in anything. She would like to have the same rights
as her sister and play the same role in the family as her sister
did. Her attempts at equality often caused disputes. .
the youngest, was only seven years old. He was the quietest and
most peaceful in the family. He didn't bother the others, and
they in return didn't bother him.
mother was a typical housewife. She did all the household work.
Since there were four children, her love was shared by each of
resented for how little he was offered. As usual, he did not express
this. His mother was not the kind of mother who would protect
or support her children by all means. Instead, she always stood
by her husband whenever and wherever. She would not bother herself
to offer excessive love to her children. Preparing dinner and
serving her husband with rice was the image of her deep in Charles's
mother was diagnosed with cancer following a physical examination.
She stayed in hospital from then on. She had radiotherapy treatment
in a special room. Charles, his sisters and brother were unexpectedly
calm and made no violent reaction. The relationship was supposed
to be close between mother and her children. No one could tell
the reason behind the calmness among themselves. His mother was
lying there on a white sheet of cloth. They paid visits to her
whenever there was time. It seemed as if it never came to an end.
"What is an end ?" Charles always asked himself.
was the second year after Charles's mother passed away. More and