The young man promised her he would do everything to find his way back to her before being deployed in the middle of the battlefield. They said their goodbyes, heartbroken but hopeful that there was someone in the world who loved them dearly.
Fast forward 54 years and the now old woman had never been married and was still waiting for her lost husband. She almost lost all hope, but then a sign from afar brought the most heartbreaking news about her husband’s fate.
Young Yujia fell in love in her teenage years with a kind, handsome boy from her small village. It didn’t take long for their love to become serious, and they soon got married, even though they were both quite young.
Their wedding was modest, but the happiness was through the roof. The entire village celebrated the couple’s love. Sadly, they were destined for misfortune.
In a country where the battle was raging in the 1940s, many families were relocated. In a small remote village in the mountains, the couple who had just been married were immediately separated after their wedding night.
The young man was deployed to the battlefield, leaving his new wife heartbroken. And that was only the beginning of her ordeal.
The husband had to go to battle, and the wife promised to wait for his return. She claimed that if she could not wait, she would never remarry.
At the time, the love between newlyweds was unwavering and very strong. As the saying goes, “A love so strong can illuminate the sun and the moon.” However, even a strong bond between a couple may falter in the unexpected flow of events.
After Yujia was left alone, her mountain village was destroyed by an attack. Her home was in ruins, and she had to evacuate along with other people.
When the woman’s husband returned from the deployment, he saw the destroyed village and assumed his wife had passed away. He looked for a while, but with no results.
The young man was utterly lost. He had just come back from the midst of battle, and the love of his life was gone. He had no idea she was still alive and no way to look for her.
The man cried by the ruins of his old home and stood by waiting for a few days. He had no idea what to do and where to go. All he knew was that his life was completely changed.
Assuming that his wife had passed, the young man had moved on. He had no other choice. He took his few belongings and went to an area where he had some distant relatives.
The tragedy was that his wife would never find out about what really happened to him. The only answer she got was that he was lost in battle or had passed away. What could she do?
54 years have passed in a blink of an eye. At this time, the young wife who waited for her husband to return home had become a gray-haired elderly woman.
Until that day, when her family and friends asked her if she regretted waiting for her husband and not remarrying, her response would only be a smile. For her, the promise she made was more important than finding a new husband.
For many years, the wife has inquired for any updates on her husband, but all the news she has been receiving is that he has vacated the area or may have passed away in battle. The wife never gave up on trying to find information about her husband, and even after years had passed, she kept her promise never to remarry.
From time to time, her family and friends persuaded her to give up and remarry. She can still have a good and happy marriage with a new partner. Her word of honor was strong, and she never wavered in her promise, not even through the persuasion of others. And one day, she received a sign that her prayers might be finally answered.
Fate turned the tables eventually. The elderly woman finally received news about her husband through a man who knew his family. He had some unsettling news for the woman.
Yujia, now an old woman, began crying rivers when she heard what happened to her beloved husband after returning from the battle. She never expected this.
Being separated for 54 years and with no contact with each other, the elderly woman was unaware that her husband had actually remarried and had many children and grandchildren.
Believing that her young wife had passed, the man moved to another part of the country and rebuilt his life, while Yujia waited for him all her life.
Yujia was finally reunited with her long-lost husband after 54 years. Although the husband felt embarrassed, the elderly woman did not hesitate to welcome him.
The former couple hugged and cried for being away from each other for so long. The woman was crying uncontrollably but was also happy to see the love of his life again. She had no idea what had happened to him for 54 years.
The grandfather admitted that he felt guilty since his ex-wife did not remarry and waited for him for 54 years. But he had no idea what had happened to her and that she was still alive. He married another woman and had many children and grandchildren as the years passed.
He changed his name before he remarried. During those times, most people were not able to read, and their names were randomly changed. There was still no household registration. With millions of people who have changed their names, how could she find him? The elderly woman waited in vain.
The elderly woman pounded on the grandfather’s chest between sadness and anger and cried, “I have waited for you for 54 years! Why didn’t you come to me? Where have you been all these years?” With a loss for words, the grandfather hugged her and cried.
She finally felt at peace, though. The woman lived all her life not knowing what had really happened with her husband until she finally got her wish granted. She saw her husband again before she passed away.
The incredible story of the woman’s loyalty went viral and China, and soon after, it reached the entire world through social media.
Life can be cruel at times, and acceptance is inevitable. In this case, both parties were without fault, and worse tragedies could happen. The woman was at least lucky enough to get an answer about her husband’s fate before she passed away. In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events or places or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.