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Write a story that ends with: '... I am amazed at what people can achieve when they are forced to.'
 
Sarimah was a normal kampung girl who had a normal upbringing. She worked hard at school and also in her father's paddy fields. She was the top student in her class.

Unfortunately, her father suffered a heart attack and was confined to their home, unable to tend the fields. Her six siblings, three boys and three girls were too young to understand. Sarimah knew by the look on her mother's face that she would have to take over. At the young age of sixteen she decided that she would not let her family suffer poverty. She forged ahead with the harvest and made sure the livestock was well fed.

She got help from the local Mardi and Felda officers who gave her the financial and practical backing. Despite her busy and complicated life, she still managed to continue with her schoolwork. Her mother sold cakes and tended to the fruit orchard that supplemented their income in the dry season. As she worked, Sarimah didn't neglect her siblings. She paid a kind teacher in the village some money to tutor them. She started selling handicrafts obtained from the local villagers at the weekend markets in K.L. There were times when she would cry herself to sleep.

Soon she could manage the farm, orchard and her studies as she had engaged some Siamese odd jobbers to tend to the fields. This gave her time to study and look after the family. Her business evolved and she managed to study agribusiness in UPM. Nevertheless she returned to the village and saw her siblings through college. Today, all of them have successful careers of their own. Her father and mother now live a simple but comfortable life. Sarimah today is happily married and has three children of her own. As she looks back on her past, she can't help but wonder where she got the strength and resolve to do all that she did. She said to me once, 'I am amazed at what people can achieve when they are forced to.'

     
upbringing   the way in which someone is treated and educated when they are young
 
 
 

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