Jing-mei’s mother started to provide house cleaning services as a source of trading to a piano teacher Mr. Chong, an old man who was deaf and had weak eyes. All this happened against the will of Jing-Mei and Mr. Chong was unable to tell Jing-mei if she was playing wrong notes of piano. Mr. Chong was a sincere teacher but Jing-mei was not cooperating and continued to play the piano badly. One day, Jing-Mei’s mother met a woman with her daughter in the neighborhood and showed natural pride over Jing-mei’s success over the piano.
Jing-mei’s mother bought a secondhand piano for her and made Jing-mei to participate in talent show in a church hall, a place where all the couples were invited. At this time, Jing-Mei believed that she is a prodigy although she did not know the music and had no practice as well. While playing a song on the piano Jing-mei realized how bad she was at it. Soon after the song was finished, she revealed that she is not a musical prodigy by noticing the weak applause from the audience and her parent’s disappointment. Even after the talent show, Jing-mei was told by her mother to continue practicing the piano but had no personal desire to cooperate with her mother and said to herself that ‘I didn’t have to do what my mother said anymore.
I wasn’t her slave. I had listened to her before and look what happened’. At this time, Jing-mei rejects to practice the piano and had an argument with her mother where she said the most hateful things that she would have ever said such as ‘I wish I would never been born!
I wish I were dead! ’. It was this time when Jing-mei mentioned about the twin daughters her mother was forced to abandon in China several years back. She noticed that her mother suddenly retreat her and never took the name of piano ever again. As a result of this behavior, Jing-mei was shocked to receive to a piano as a gift from her mother for her thirtieth birthday. Jing-mei accepted the piano after her mother’s death and played it for the first time in many years while packing her mother’s belongings. ‘Two kinds’ is a story which suggests that parents are allowed to choose the future path ways of their children and children are not bound to fulfill their parents dream about their future.
I along with many children in the world, belonging from different cultures and backgrounds believe that we have the right to refuse to fulfill our parent’s dreams about our own future. Parents can guide and may provide different options to their children but should not impose anything of their own choice over their children as children have their own personal lives.
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