Planting a tree may seem easy, but it’s actually hard work. Even for healthy adults, digging a hole, filling it with water, planting seedlings and burying them is hard work. And the elderly?
Today we would like to tell you about a man who, despite his age and limited physical strength, is able to plant some 17,000 trees.
Ma Sanxiao is a 70-year-old villager who has been doing the noble work of planting trees for 20 years. During this time, he created a huge forest.
Ever since he was a child, Ma wanted to join the army. So he joined the army right after he finished school. He only served for a short period of three years due to infection and blood poisoning.
After returning home, he worked as a teacher, then as a farmer. He ended up contracting an infection and had to have his leg amputated.
At the time, Ma’s family was heavily in debt and had invested a lot of money in her treatment, hoping to save at least one leg.
But the man did not give up. He decided to help the family pay off their debts and started planting trees.
Since 2000, he has been working outside the village, in the morning, on his moped. His mother carries a pickaxe, a shovel and the day’s food. Ma takes a pickaxe, shovel and food for the day with him. There, he takes off his prostheses, puts on gloves and crawls to plant trees.
This noble action caught the attention of local authorities. He then repaid all his debts to Sanxiao.
Now he does it with gratitude, saying he will plant trees until the last day of his life.
Sooner or later, Ma will have to leave this world. But his memory will remain for a long time in the form of thousands of trees. Thank you to this brave man.