He was sick and in the hospital. He barely had enough strength to stay awake. Still, he went along with the plan because he trusted her more than anyone else.
“What is happening?” he thought as he watched her enter the room. Then, he became even more confused when he saw what she was wearing.
Xuewei was raised by her grandfather Mr. Fu and his wife. She had developed a strong bond with both of them and considered them to be her father and mother.
When she turned 18, she went to study in Switzerland and then Singapore, but she was in touch with them often. After finishing her studies, she moved back to China to look after her grandparents and start her career.
She became a successful entrepreneur and lived a wealthy life. She frequently took her grandparents on holidays and even to parties with her.
When Xuewei was 25 years old, her grandfather fell seriously ill.
The doctors warned her that he didn’t have much time left. He had had heart problems for many years and suffered a cerebral stroke two years before, leaving him paralyzed.
That’s when Xuewei came up with a cool idea, or so she thought.
Mr. Fu was now 87 years old, and Xuewei was determined to make the most of the time with her grandfather, who loved her with all his heart.
She wanted to show him how much she loved and adored him before it was too late.
Mr. Fu had always wanted to see his granddaughter walk down the aisle. But she was single at that moment and didn’t plan to get married anytime soon.
So, she decided to give him a surprise that she knew would make him very happy. What did she have in mind?
One day, Xuewei had taken her grandfather to the hospital for a checkup, and she had casually told him, “We’re actually going to take some pictures today.”
Of course, Mr. Fu agreed, thinking it would be just a casual photo shoot. Little did he know what awaited him.
After the hospital visit, the two arrived at the photography studio, and Xuewei put on a beautiful wedding dress while Mr.Fu put on the dapper suit she had prepared for him.
“My grandfather would be the one to give me away at my wedding,” she explained.
“Because I don’t know if he could live long enough to see that, I wanted to make sure he could do that now.”
The photoshoot she had organized for him was wedding-themed. It was a beautiful day, and there were photos to prove it.
Xuewei paid 3000 Yuan ($476) for the surprise photoshoot for her grandfather. But to her, it was worth every penny.
Mr. Fu was ecstatic! The pair had taken photos in a small church and studio, for which they each wore different clothes.
“I had my grandfather’s portrait tattooed on my arm in January because I want my new friends and my children to be able to know what he looks like in the future,” Xuewei said.
The images from this amazing photoshoot have gone viral.
China’s middle class continues to grow, and the population has become more educated. As a result, young women in China began to prioritize career over marriage and family.
However, any young lady who remains single at the age of 30 is a ‘sheng nu,’ or ‘leftover woman’ in traditional Chinese culture.
The mentality that women should be already married by the time they are 27 years old leads to their families pressuring them to find a partner in order to avoid embarrassment.
Recently, young women have been fighting back against social pressure.
Many Chinese women who are highly educated remained single until their late twenties or early thirties.
This makes them an important consumer group as they have high earning potential and more career opportunities.
These young women are gaining power in an extremely patriarchal society. They are not ‘leftovers,’ they just have different priorities.
They won’t settle down for the first man that shows them attention.