Growing up with my parents in a small village

Growing up with my parents in a small village, I am now a 19 years old girl. I am the only child of my parents. Many of the people around said that I look more independent and more mature than my peers. It may because I went through a lot of hardship as i growing up. In my life, my parents always give me support and also motivation when I faced difficulty in my life.
“Daddy, I want these! All of these! ” I pointed at those my favourite toys sold at a stall and shouted at my dad. That was me when I was a naughty and innocent kid. In my childhood life, I always ask my dad to buy something that attracted me like toys, sweets, snacks and others when we going out to the market. I really love my dad because he usually took out his wallet from his pocket and buy those toys for me to fulfil my demand. I had fun when walking at the market because I could assume and imagine everything was owned by me. I dreamed to buy all the toys and sweets to build my dream palace. However, the reality was cruel.
“No, dear. You already have too many at home. We can’t buy more for you.” said my mom seriously. I have a strict mother who always controls my father to buy things for me. She always plays a bad character in my childhood life. At that moment, I felt so heart-broken then started to cry loudly and roll on the ground at the centre of the market because I forced to say goodbye to my favourite toys. Everyone looked at me but I do not care about their vision. I did not like my mom because she broke my dream ruthlessly. Since I was still young and innocent, I did not know there was budget constraint that not allowed me to buy all toys in the stall.
In my primary school life, I had many friends who always show off the new things that their parents bought for them in the class, such as the new mobile phone, electronic dictionary and even the sport shoes with famous brand, those were luxuries for me. I felt jealous, disappointed and was in a bad mood because my parents had not ever bought all those things for me. After school, daddy rode his bicycle, as usual, to bring me home. In contrast, my friends’ parents drove car to bring them home. They talked about my poor parents behind my back. I flushed crimson with shame. Why I do not have mobile phone, electronic dictionary and the expensive sport shoes? Why my parents do not have car? Why I have no rich parents? I even detested my parents who worked as farmer. Until one of the day, I changed my mind.
It was an extremely hot evening. My parents brought me to the farm to help him to harvest the vegetables. The farm was extremely broad. We wore the big straw hat and brought the heavy hoe. We began to harvest the vegetables that my parents had farmed. After half an hour, my cloth was soaked with sweat and I was tired. I felt sore and ache all over. Looking behind me, my parents were still working. They looked tired but never complaint about it. I admired them because they did not give up even though the weather was hot, and the work was tough. Their productivity was higher than mine because they could harvest large amount of vegetables in the farm for each hour. Compared to me, I could harvest small amount of vegetables only for each hour. After that, they arranged the fresh vegetables into the big basket water the fresh vegetables to cool them off and ready to supply for the residents and sell at the market.
On the next morning, they brought me to the market to sell the vegetable. However, I found that it was hard to sell the vegetables at that period due to the inflation of vegetables. The inflation is caused by the quantity demanded by the residents become higher and higher. We always faced shortage because quantity supplied is less than quantity demanded. The solution we took is to farm more vegetables so that the quantity demanded and supplied reach to the equilibrium quantity. Their total revenue increased in that month because vegetables are normal goods for the residents and have inelastic demand. When my parents sold the vegetables with high prices, they inevitably would be complaint by the customers. No matter how rude the customer was, they still keep smiling to the customers. I felt sad when I saw the scene.
Before this, I looked down upon their work. But now, I felt really appreciate of what my parents had sacrificed for me. Although they gain the minimum wage every month, but they still try their best to fulfil my demand to make me happy. Asides form that, although I did not have the luxury things that my friends had, but they supply me with the necessities like food and clothing. I extremely appreciated their sacrifices and promised to be a successful person to give something back to them in the future. Since that day, I definitely changed my attitude towards my parents after that. I always help them to sell the vegetables at the market during my weekend and school holiday. Sometimes when my parents face surplus as the quantity supplied more than quantity demanded, they will reduce the price to reach to the equilibrium price. But sometimes, my parents have to follow the government policies, either selling the vegetables at the price ceiling or price floor.
And now, I grow up as a 19 years old and independent person. After I graduate from my high school, I decide to study further in university but I hesitate to study abroad or locally. I think both are indifference for me because I can eventually gain new knowledge and skills to achieve my dream, which is to be a manager of a supermarket. After taking consideration, I decide to study in local university. This is because the fee to study in a foreign university and the price of air fare are very expensive for a family with lower income like us. My parents may not be able to afford it. On the other hand, the fee to study locally is affordable. Although I study in a local university, but my parents still feel worry about me because it is my first time to study in a country far from my hometown.
In my university life, I stay in dormitory and go back to village every two months. Besides that, I do the part time at a restaurant with my friends during the weekend and holiday to pay the tuition fee. When I feel homesick, I will call my parents by using the mobile phone they bought to me on my 18 years old birthday. They said when planning to buy a birthday present for me, they had to face trade-off, either buying HUAWEI or Samsung mobile phone. The opportunity cost of one HUAWEI mobile phone is one Samsung mobile phone due to the scarce resources. Since mom and dad had different options, whether to buy HUAWEI or Samsung mobile phone, they wrangled with each other in front of the shop. Eventually, my mom won the debate after considering with the limited budget. They finally decided to purchase Samsung for me because it is cheaper. After that, my dad bought an attractive phone case, which is the complement of the phone, to me. In spite of the price of the phone, I regard my phone as the invaluable treasure because it is a very meaningful present for me.
The mid-semester break holiday is around the corner. I feel very excited to go back home. I have no see my parents for about two months. I really miss them. The air fare is cheaper than usual due to the school holiday. Therefore, I decide to buy the air fare by myself to go back home. In fact, the air fare has elastic demand where the changes in quantity demanded responds strongly to the changes in price.
“Mom, dad, I’m back!” I said excitedly when I arrive at home safely. However, I no see my dad. “Mom, where is dad?” I asked. My mom looked so worried. “What’s happened?” I asked again. Then, mom told me, in a choked voice, “He fainted while farming at the farm. And now, he has been hospitalized. The doctor said he overstrains and gets stroke.” I was totally shocked after my mom told me the news. After that, I immediately went to the hospital to visit my dad. Arriving at the hospital, I saw my dad sleeping on hospital bed and did not have heart to wake him up. I knew he was tired and needed to rest. The tears coursed down my cheeks. My dad will no longer work in the farm after the treatment. I felt so sad and even desired to give up my study, so that I can accompany with my parents at home. But my dad strongly disagreed with that. He advised me to be persistence and never give up. Therefore, I continued my study. My university life is very hard for me at that time because I need to do part time to reduce my parents’ financial burden and also to settle my tuition fee. I even oversleep and am late to class because I did my part time and do my assignment until midnight. Sometimes, I get sick. However, I do not tell my parents about that because I do not want them to worry about me. No matter how hard my life is going to be, I will never give up because I have promised my parents to finish my study in the university.
It was the day! Dressed in my gown and mortarboard, I proudly clutched my degree certificates for the graduation photo! It was the most important and unforgettable moment in my life. During my graduation day, my parents came to the university. Unexpectedly, I cried in front of them and hugged them. Everything I went through with them flash on my mind again and again. I would not be here without their supports and sacrifices. I am really a lucky girl. Thank you so much, mom and dad.
After graduation, I took part in many interesting seminars that share the experience of establish a company. Even though the procedure to establish and manage a company is complicated and quite hard, but I finally established a supermarket because my dad taught me to be insistence. I shared the capital with my partner. In today’s competitive market, we create a sustainable competitive advantage by optimizing the product quality and it attracts many customers to buy our products. After a few years, I buy a luxurious pearl necklace to my mom and the watch with famous brand to my dad. They are Giffen goods because when the price of the pearl necklace and watch increase, the quantity demanded also raises. I want to give something back to my parents in order to express my appreciation to them.
Dear dad and mom, I feel so honoured and blessed to have you as my parents. You are definitely the best parents in the world. Thank you for raise me up and gives me the greatest support in my life. I will not be successful without your supports. I cherish the sacrifices you made for me. You have given me the best gift that even better than the expensive mobile phone, which is love. Words cannot describe how much I love you both. Thank you so much.

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