I once saw a Chinese drama that was similar to a story or “cuento” my grandmother told me. Now I know that in the beginning there was land bridge between Asia and Alaska. I think the Asian people moved across to what now is North America. Since I am 50% Native American I thought the cuento was very strange.
In my grandmother’s cuento there a very good person who was going home to take of her mother. The good person was always in a good mood. A bad person had lost her eyes.
I was never told how she lost her eye sight, at least I don’t remember. The bad person was always in bad mood. She felt she deserved some eyes. She tricked the good person and told everyone that the good person had stolen her eyes. She took the eyes and left the good person blind. The mother of the good girl told her grow some peaches and ask for some eyes. The good daughter decided to grow some peaches.
The peaches grew and were so large the people were amazed at the size of the peaches. She took the peaches and started to sell them. However, she didn’t want money for the peaches. She started selling the peaches yelling “Some peaches for some eyes!”
Her peaches looked so delicious that the bad person wanted so buy them. The good daughter had refused to sell her peaches except for some eyes. The bad person wanted them so much that she gave her eyes for the giant peaches.
I don’t know where this strange story came from. My grandmother often told us stories that usually had some moral value to them except for this story. Normally my grandmother would use names when she told us stories. This reminds me of a Chinese drama I recently saw.
Thinking back, during the summer nights when she gave us watermelon and told us “Cuentos”, those were the best years of my life.