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Tsha dbang rdo rje. 2017. Helping an old woman. Asian Highlands Perspectives 47:241-243.
One day, on the way to the turnip seller's home, Uncle Ston pa saw an old woman weeping by the road and asked, "Dear Aunt, why are you crying?"
The old woman wiped her tears away replying, "My husband is sick and I'm too weak to plow the field."
"Don't you have any children?" asked Uncle Ston pa.
"I do. I have three sons."
"Don't they live with you?"
"Yes, we all live in one yard, but they…" and the womanvstarted wailing more loudly.
"Dear Aunt, please don't cry and tell me more. I'll help you," comforted Uncle Ston pa.
"My sons took our family property from my husband and me after they married. Now my husband and I only have our family's
oldest room and this unyielding field. My husband got sick this morning and I'm too weak to do any heavy labor. I really don't know what to do!"
"Don't worry," comforted Uncle Ston pa. Then he asked, "Which is your home?"
"That one," replied the woman, pointing at a house near a big tree by the Yellow River.
"I see," Uncle Ston pa commented, thought for a while, and then said, "Go home and rest. You and your husband should just say
'No' to everything from today on."
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on February 9, 2019