Chapter 1473: It Is Best to Be Content
The last few sentences made Father Tian feel aggrieved.
Now, in this family, they had no status anymore. In other words, they could not compare to Xiao Bao.
Tian Dong patted his father on the shoulder and encouraged him. “Just try it. It’s been long since we had a National Day holiday. Even if Hua Hua didn’t come back, knowing Xiao Bao, he would definitely pester Mom to bring him over to the Zhai family’s house to play. Since Xiao Bao won’t be around, Mom will be bored to death either way. Maybe if you tell her that, she might agree. Dad, I believe in you. You can do it.”
He thought about how his parents were already advanced in age. When they had left China for America that year, they had not exactly done it voluntarily.
Now that Old Master Tian was no longer around, his uncle of his could no longer play any tricks on his family. As such, his family had a much better life in these past two years. But it could be due to the lack of such worries that his mother had been too bored and her temper had gotten worse.
When they had first arrived in America, Tian Dong remembered that the three of them lived a very tough life as a typical resident, let alone doing business there. At that time, China had not developed yet, and to a certain extent, there had been racial discrimination against Asians.
Tian Dong had already heard of the insult ‘f*cking pig’ when he was young.
When Father Tian arrived in America with no roots there, he had to start from scratch. Gradually, he expanded the family business. At that time in a foreign country, Father Tian not only struggled with his finances but also with interpersonal relationships. One could only imagine how tough Father Tian’s life was in the first few years that he started his business in America.
In order for Father Tian to focus on his business, Mother Tian did her best to run the household on her own. Moreover, she also took it upon herself to help out in the business and treated herself like a regular employee. She earned little but did a lot, toiling alongside Father Tian.
So the Tian couple suffered and endured through a lot while they were young but did not have many good days. Thinking about that, Tian Dong felt that it would be good for his father to bring his mother around the country for a tour to see the great rivers and mountains in the country, the unique scenery, or just enjoy the majestic atmosphere.
Father Tian hesitated. He had toiled for so many years, and now that he was old, he did not want to lead a tough life. At their age, if they did not exercise more, they might lose all mobility in the future. “How about I go for a tour of China with your mom?”
He had had countless opportunities to travel abroad in the past. When Father Tian went on business trips, he would always bring Mother Tian along. After all, he always needed a female partner for evening balls. Father Tian did not say much to Mother Tian, unlike his elder brother. In order to avoid unnecessary trouble, Father Tian either chose not to bring a female companion or only brought Mother Tian along.
At that time, flying was always for business matters. Even though they visited dozens of places, the couple never had the chance to walk around and go sightseeing. They always had to make the most of their time and seal the deal. After finalizing their agreements, they would have to implement it in their business as soon as possible to allow the production to be put into operation.
So it could be said that the Tian Corporation was built by such efforts of the Tian couple.
It was because of this that Father Tian was moved when he heard Tian Dong’s suggestion. This time, the couple would be able to walk around freely to enjoy the scenery around the country. They would not be in a rush, as they would if they were to take a plane.
“I’ll try.” Although Father Tian was moved, he did not dare to commit to it. “If I try, I’ll probably be able to convince her. Your mom has been with me this whole time. It’s been hard on her. When we were younger and I was running the business, if she was not helping me out, then she would be taking care of the family. If I think about it, I’ve never really spent much time with your mom. It’s really been hard on her.”
Mother Tian, who had been standing by the staircase, cupped her mouth. With reddened eyes, she silently returned to her room.
Initially, she had seen that her grandson had such a close relationship with her son and daughter-in-law, completely forgetting about his grandma. Every time her grandson went to his other grandmother’s house, he would refuse to return, making Mother Tian’s heart ache tremendously.
But Mother Tian returned to her room and realized that she had been so angry that she had not even drunk a sip of water. Her throat was hoarse and she was not going to torture herself, so she intended to go downstairs for a cup of water.
But she had not expected to overhear the father and son discussing her when she reached the staircase landing. To Mother Tian, who was still fuming, her first reaction to the duo talking about her was that these two were saying bad things about her behind her back.
Otherwise, what could they possibly be saying only now that she had returned to her room?
Mother Tian wanted to listen to what they had to say and then talk it out with the father and son. Her grandson was still young, so she could forget about it. It was understandable for him to be close to her mother and his mother’s family. When he grew older, Xiao Bao would naturally understand that his paternal grandmother’s family was the most important to him. But how could these two men, her husband and her son, gang up against her? How could they treat her as an outsider and favor Zhai Hua?
With that, Mother Tian began eavesdropping while raging internally. But who would have known? As she continued listening, Mother Tian realized that these two men were not speaking ill of her but talking about how they would have the older Tian bring her on a holiday, while the younger Tian take care of the family.
At this moment, Mother Tian’s anger dissipated, but only a little. Because she knew that the duo only had such an idea because she had thrown a tantrum. But no matter what, it was good as long as the father and son did not simply favor Zhai Hua because she had given birth to Xiao Bao.
Moreover, the father and son were just trying to coax her. If they tried their best but she was still unhappy, there was really no way she could continue living in this family. It would not be her that would not be able to survive but all the other family members. She was not going to be such a stubborn and callous person.
But when Mother Tian heard what Father Tian said softly, Mother Tian was truly moved.
It had not been a smooth-sailing journey for Father Tian to develop his business from nothing into a booming empire. Mother Tian had seen too many men who had simply abandoned their wives who had stuck with them through thick and thin and found mistresses or one-night stands after they had become successful, but Father Tian had never done so.