THE COIN

”硬币’’2In this small town, the icy, bitter, middle aged owner of the telephone kiosk was once a beauty with many admirers. A decade ago, her man abandoned her because she was infertile.  This is a small town, and everyone knows that she cannot bear children. She is no longer desired, and is forgotten, cast aside by society. As the days go by, she continues to survive, alone, imprisoned in her kiosk. She is proud and stubborn. If society is cool toward her, she will be even colder. Her life is quiet, like a still body of water. She feels no warmth, no love, no hope, until one day, a stranger, a little girl comes to make a phone call. The little girl wants to make a phone call to her mother, who she says is in a faraway place called Heaven. She does not know where Heaven is and gives the kiosk owner a piece of paper, and asks her to exchange it for a coin to make the call. The kiosk owner helps with the call and the girl goes away pleased. She comes back again and again, and with each call the friendship develops between the bitter woman and the innocent child. Until one day, the child tells the woman she is moving away…