Climb over steep cliffs, the path covered with thorny trees, finally arriving. At this time, the sun is more intense. Taking a few gulps of water in a hurry, everyone scatters the barn in the directions for firewood. Very observant, hands are “dancing,” quickly, dead trees were cut down. One person said that they mainly go for dry firewood because it is light, less effortless, easy to transport down the mountain, sometimes there is not a lot to cut natural fresh firewood … These trees are usually less than 5cm in diameter. Seeing a number of large tree stumps with long saw marks, we inquired, a man barked: “I don’t know, we only have machetes here, how can we cut down big trees, we don’t want to eat prison food. “.
As for the sisters, no less than the men, they discovered the dry trees lying in the vines, they were eager to clear them, trying to pull them out, even though the thorns were scratching the limbs. The sun stood in the shadow, everyone’s shoulders were wet with sweat, traces of the thorns were left on the shirt with rags. At lunchtime, everyone sat on the ground to get the rice. The rice portion was meager, cool in the hot heat. Steamed rice with salt and beans, a few slices of stir-fried papaya, whoever is better, has some dried fish, sauerkraut … “I know, honey, if you eat this better, where can you buy rice?” more than 11 years to collect firewood to reveal. Seeing the hands “released” from the gloves to carry rice, as rough as sandpaper, lumpy, yellow stained skin, short and long scars … can clearly see the hard work. , the welding mechanics of the “woodcutter life”. After taking sips of water instead of soup, they were busy with work again.