Chapter 44: Temper
Old Wu asked calmly, “Have you eaten?”
Before the Su family could respond, Su Chong’s stomach rumbled.
Madam Zhao replied in embarrassment, “Doctor Wu, we haven’t. You eat first. We’ll-”
Old Wu interrupted Madam Zhao and said, “What are you talking about? Let’s go eat. I’m not an unreasonable person. You should be free to eat and drink here. How can you get better if you don’t eat and drink? If you really don’t want to trouble me, hurry up and get well.”
Old Wu was a little fierce. He turned around and went straight to the kitchen. Good lord, there was only vegetable soup in the pot.
Madam Zhao didn’t leave a single piece of meat for themselves. They were all in his bowl. There was also no rice left in the pot, and only a layer of crusts remained.
Since it was all white rice, Madam Zhao did not dare to cook too much of it. However, she did not know Old Man Wu’s appetite, so she did not cook much and gave it all to him.
The crusts were probably kept because she thought Old Wu was old and did not like to eat it.
Old Wu muttered impatiently.
Madam Zhao cleaned the kitchen very well. Even the table that he had not used for a long time had been washed. Old Wu went out and brought the dishes back to the kitchen from the main room.
Seeing that no one had come out of the side room, he roared fiercely, “What are you waiting for? Waiting for me to chew it up and feed it to you? Hurry up and come eat!”
Madam Zhao, who was in the room, trembled.
The kids were scared too.
Old Wu was very fierce, but his attitude was also clear. He wanted them to eat!
Su Sanlang said gently, “Darling, let’s go eat. The children are hungry.”
“Sanlang, wait for me. I’ll bring it to you in a while.”
Madam Zhao nodded and brought the children over.
By the time Madam Zhao arrived at the kitchen, Old Wu had already scooped the vegetable soup into the pot.
He took a bowl and distributed the rice. When he saw Madam Zhao, he said angrily, “You cooked too little. I have a lot of rice here. Cook more tomorrow. There’s too little meat. I don’t even have enough to eat. Cook more of it tomorrow too. Kill a chicken and a duck in the chicken coop every two days.”
“There’s another one bucket beside the rice bucket with flour. If you know how to make steamed buns, dumplings, and noodles, make them too. I find it annoying to keep eating rice only, understand?”
Old Wu looked at Madam Zhao.
Madam Zhao nodded in a daze.
Old Wu felt that Madam Zhao was really petty and had no outlook. However, when he thought about how she was merely a woman to begin with, he thought that he should not argue with her.
Women were troublesome.
If he made it clear this time and Madam Zhao was still stingy about the food next time, then don’t blame him for losing his temper.
Looking at the children, Old Wu said with a much better expression, “Hurry up and eat. If you’re not full, blame your mother for cooking too little. Eat first. If there’s not enough, let your mother cook some porridge later.”
“Thank you, Grandpa.”
Su Chong nodded obediently, holding his bowl and chopsticks. He did not touch his chopsticks but thanked him first. Seeing Old Wu’s age, he called him grandpa. He remembered that his father had told him that the elders in the village were all grandpas.
The elders in the village were all in their grandfathers’ generation, so it was not wrong for Su Sanlang to teach them like this.
Su Hua also reacted and said, “Thank you, Grandpa.”
Su Sanmei looked at Doctor Wu and whispered, “Thank you, Grandpa Wu.”
Doctor Wu was stunned, and his eyes softened. “Yes, let’s eat.”
However, none of the kids moved. They only started eating when he sat down and ate too.
Doctor Wu looked at Madam Zhao and said calmly, “You taught them well. Your husband should have some soup rice, but there’s not enough for the children now. After they’re done eating, get some meat and cook some porridge for him.”
He had heard that Su Sanlang’s two sons had mental problems. The fact that he could teach the two mentally retarded children so well meant that Su Sanlang and his wife had put in a lot of effort.
They had really done a good job raising the kids.
When Madam Zhao heard Old Wu’s words, she nodded and said, “Okay.”
It was quiet during dinner.
The children and Madam Zhao did not pick up more food or get seconds. After all, in her opinion, it was already good enough to have a mouthful of food now.
Old Wu could only pick up food for the children. Seeing that they were so obedient, his attitude changed again and again.
After finishing all the food, Old Wu got up. Before he went out, he did not forget to remind Madam Zhao again, “Make more porridge and fill the pot to the brim. I’ll be up early and I want to eat porridge in the morning. I won’t be around during the day, so cook more rice. If I see you making so little food again, don’t blame me for losing my temper with you.”
With that, Old Wu left with his hands behind his back.
“Mother, Grandpa Wu is a good person.”
Su Sanmei tugged at Madam Zhao’s sleeve and whispered.
Su Chong and Su Hua nodded and whispered, “Mother, Grandpa is good.”
Madam Zhao smiled and nodded. “I know. Go and see your father. I’ll clean up and prepare the porridge.”
Although Old Wu was fierce, they could feel his kindness.
Madam Zhao was relieved. Although she did not know where their family could go in the future, at least they could rest assured in Old Wu’s house for the next few days.
Su Sanmei helped Madam Zhao clean up, while Su Chong and Su Hua went to see Su Sanlang and told him about dinner.
Madam Zhao added a lot of meat and rice to the porridge.
It didn’t take long for the fragrance to spread.
Old Wu was washing herbs in the courtyard. When Su Chong and Su Hua came out, the two of them immediately squatted down to help.
Old Wu looked at the two quiet and obedient children and said gently, “You want to help me?”
Su Chong and Su Hua nodded. They wanted to help, and they were waiting for Old Wu to teach them what to do.
Old Wu smiled. “You guys are quite obedient. Even those with normal brains might not be as discerning as you.”
They wanted to help, but they did not cause trouble. They just waited quietly for directions.
If not for the fact that the two children were not quick-witted, Old Wu would have thought that they were normal children.
However, no matter how obedient they were, their innocent eyes still betrayed them. Their minds were dim. They were different from normal people.
“All right, I’ll teach you how to wash it. Cleaning these expensive herbs is meticulous work. Every root is very useful. You have to be careful not to break it, understand?”
Old Wu handed over some of the herbs he had dug up.
Su Chong and Su Hua nodded, then followed Old Wu’s example and washed carefully.
They were patient. Old Wu saw this and liked the two children a little more. He had asked around about this family.
He didn’t think Su Sanlang had done anything wrong. It was just that the world was cruel. There were countless people like Su Sanlang in the entire dynasty, but so what? The world was like this.
He considered himself to be fated with Su Sanlang’s family.
Otherwise, why had they only come into contact now when they’ve never crossed paths after living here for a few years? Since it was fate, it was up to the gods to decide if it was good or bad.