Su Yongqiang was well aware that Su Tang and her brother had a good relationship with Su Yongshun’s family, moreover, Su Yongshun knew a bit about building houses, so he directly recommended for them to talk to him. Then he said, “Right now everyone is busy with the spring plowing so no one is idle at home.”
“But we’re all family here, so don’t treat us like outsiders. Since Tang’er brought the whole Su family to earn so much money by raising those seedlings, everyone feels very grateful to you two from the bottom of their hearts.”
“Even though you’ve both been living in town and the whole contract signing process was so secretive that many people never met you face to face, you can rest assured that everyone remembers what you’ve done for us in their hearts.”
Su Yongqiang couldn’t help but mention this matter. In fact, he wasn’t exaggerating anything. While the Su family had been accepting those contracts, although everyone had been very cautious, they were still sincerely thankful to Su Tang.
In the past, Su Tang and her brother hadn’t made much of an impression on the other members of the Su family. After all, Su Tang hadn’t come out much in the past so she wasn’t familiar or close with any other members of the family. But, after this incident, things had changed. Those twenty families who had been able to earn so much money thanks to Su Tang’s connections were all simple and honest folk, so they felt nothing but gratitude for her. Additionally, Su Yongqiang had seen just how capable Su Tang was, and also seen that she had a heart that cared about emotions and wouldn’t just forget about her family after finding success. Thus, he felt it was important to speak up and let her know that the family also appreciated her so as not to let her heart turn cold.
“Brother Qiang, since you’ve said that we’re all part of the same family, there’s no need for this kind of thing. After all, I’m also a member of the Su family, when I find something good to share, if I don’t think of my own family should I think of outsiders instead?” Although Su Tang was satisfied to see Su Yongqiang indirectly expressing his gratitude like this, she still brushed it off politely.
Whenever she found good things it was only natural for her to share them with her own family. She was also helpless about this. After all, who had let her transmigrate into this era where an individual could rise and fall alongside their families’ honor or disgrace? Thus, since she couldn’t abandon her family, she could only try to grow her influence within the family until she could dominate it. That was just a simple truth.
And it was obvious that the goal behind giving the family so many benefits this time had been more or less accomplished.
Su Yongqiang nodded along, “Yes, Tang’er, you’re right. I won’t say any more empty words. Anyway, if you really want to build a new courtyard, you can definitely rely on us, the Su family.”
“Every year after the spring plowing is done, all the men in the family will generally go out to travel and work as itinerant laborers. Since they are always doing this sort of work for outsiders, it would be better for them to work for another member of the family instead. As for the cost of labor and materials, you can rest assured that our family will not cheat you. If everyone can earn a bit of money while also not having to travel far away, they won’t mind if you pay them a bit less. “
Su Yongqiang was the Su family patriarch, so when he encountered this sort of matter his mind immediately jumped to how best to benefit the whole family. And since Su Tang wanted to build a new courtyard, it would be best if she could use people from the family as her workers. After all, these men would all leave to travel and try to earn money once the spring plowing was over anyway, so the appearance of Su Tang’s new job was just perfect to fill their idle hands.
Even if the wages were a little lower, it would still be better going traveling to work. After all, when they traveled somewhere else to work they would need to pay money for a place to live and for food to eat, so after all those expenses they didn’t actually end up earning much. Plus, by staying at home they could guard their own fields as well.
Moreover, Su Yongqiang was still a bit worried about how only twenty families from the big Su family had been able to take advantage of the opportunity to earn recently so, although he knew the amount they could earn was less, he still wanted to give the other families a chance to make some money.
It was with all that in mind that Su Yongqiang made his suggestion. Meanwhile, since Su Tang’s ultimate goal was to increase her voice in the Su family anyway, she definitely didn’t have any objections.
“Brother Qiang, although you’ve said before that us family members shouldn’t be speaking two languages with each other, you’ve also said that we should settle our accounts clearly among family members. If I would pay full price to let some outsiders do the work, how could I shortchange my own family?” Su Tang replied.
Anyway, since she was using this opportunity to give those other families a chance to earn and also grow her own voice, it wasn’t the time for her to act stingy. It wasn’t as if Su Tang was short this little bit of money.
However, she still felt she needed to emphasize: “But Brother Qiang, you should also be aware of everything that my brother and I have gone through up until now. Now that we’ve been adopted into our new household, our life has been slowly getting better and better.”
“Although my brother and I have an adverse fate, we are all still from the same family, and if others from the family are willing to help us then we will be grateful to them.”
“But if other people from the family are afraid or if they have any concerns in their hearts, then I won’t try to force anything.”
“But in the end, I’m the one taking out money to hire people to do the work, so I don’t want to be faced with a situation where I have a bunch of complaints or people talking behind my back halfway through the job.”
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