The stories of Hu Lu always center on gourds.
He loves gourds so much, whether it's a bud, intertwining vines or rich fruits. People who have contact with Hu Lu are impressed by his frankness and honesty.
Mr. Hu often treats people with gourds, which has brought people closer to him. Friends who received Hu's gourds are greatly valued by him. At his leisure, he tends to invite his friends to visit his gourd collection, exchange their opinions about gourd culture and tell gourd stories, which can influence their cognition of gourd culture subconsciously.
When meeting with a group of alumni, Hu warmly invited them to his home in Rizhao to visit his gourd collections. With gourds everywhere--on desks, chairs and walls, Hu's home is a veritable "gourd house". There are gourd-shaped wine containers, gourd-made instruments, decorations painted with gourds and all kinds of gourds hanging in mid-air. Even on the sofa, you can find gourd-shaped pillows. The small reception room is filled with gourds of different sizes, like a group of soft and cuddly children welcoming friends coming from afar. Hu displayed his gourd collection and introduced their stories. In his eyes, each gourd is his own child that makes him proud. His alumni like his collection very much. They felt at home in his house. They took photos with gourds, clapped hands to the beats of Lusheng and danced in ethnic costumes, experiencing gourds folklore and enjoying popular folk art. Having left the campus for years, their friendship didn't lessen at all. Instead, it has been revitalized through gourds. They sang, danced, listened or talked with each other and even forgot to leave.
Gourds have become a bridge between Hu and his friends. The deep friendship between teachers and students is like mellow wine. They were seeking common development while talking cheerfully. Hu's gourd story is not over and our study of gourds will not end. Hu and his gourds have taught us to look forward to a better tomorrow and live an ordinary life with passion.