The following is a letter that went viral on Chinese social media written by a son to his father Zhang Wenhong, a doctor who is fighting on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan.
How are you? In the twinkling of an eye, we haven’t met for nearly a month. I’m not used to life without your humorous words. Before, I only knew you were a doctor. I know you are very busy and have to see the untold number of patients at all times. You spent most of your holiday studying and researching from dusk until dawn.
Dad, mom said you are going to fight the new virus! I heard it is quite fierce and can dodge tons of infections. Mom said you have to make the rounds during daytime consultation,s writing an article in the evening. On several occasions I wanted to have a video chat with you, but I was afraid of wasting your time/ Dad, I want to tell you, you look handsome on TV but the mask cannot cover your tired face.
Dad, the other day I told mom that I wanted to grow up quickly, so I could rescue people just like you, while I can’t help them now. But Mom said there’s a lot that I could do. Is that true? Yes, as you’ve said, everyone is a warrior, fighting the virus at home. I will wear a mask, wash my hands frequently, exercise, try to do housework, and not wander around. Now, I memorize an ancient poem every day. When you come back from fighting the epidemic, we will play Feihualing again, and I’m sure I’ll win!
Dad, please don’t worry while working on the front lines. Mom and I are your strongest support! I’ve never been to Wuhan, but I think the people there must be very brave. When we defeat the virus together, will you take me there to try hot and dry noodles and visit the Yellow Crane Tower?
Yesterday, mom and I listened to a song. The song "Fighting against all odds" was found on your hospital’s official WeChat account. It was so touching that mom burst into tears. I found some of the lyrics were difficult to understand, however, I was deeply moved by the last few words of the song.
Some of the lyrics included, "This is the land where we live and prosper with our loved ones. Whenever there is the call of duty, I will surely do what I can.”
“Ode to the West Wind,” a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley, states, "If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?"
I like this poem and I believe the darkest days will be gone. My heroic father will return to me with honor and glory.
I look forward to seeing you, dad!
Best wishes to your health and work!