What's the ammount of potatoes in each bag in the house?
The story starts off with Jing-mei and her mother forcing her to watch TV and wanting Jing-Mei to become a Chinese version of Shirley Temple. Later on, she tries to make Jing-Mei other prodigies.
After the failure of Jing-Mei becoming a Chinese Shirley Temple, her mother tries to force her into being a quiz master.
Even my dead fish can do better than this!
Jing-Mei eventually gets tired of the quizzes her mom is making her do, so she decides to rebel by looking outside and counting things.
After the failures of Jing-Mei becoming Shirley Temple and trying to become a quiz prodigy, Jing-Mei's mother then sees a little girl on TV playing the piano. Jing-Mei's mother gets the idea of making Jing-Mei become a pianist.
After Jing-Mei did some piano exercises, her mother signs her up to the talent show. When the day of the talent show came and it was Jing-Mei's turn, she, at first, started of her assigned song very well. But as Jing-Mei continued with her song, she quickly got distracted with her dress and started to play horribly. After the talent show, she vowed to never play or practice piano again...
Wow, she's really bad...
Many years after the talent show, when it was Jing-Mei's 30th birthday, her mother got Jing-Mei the piano from decades ago. The piano was very polished and played rich notes, as Jing-Mei stated. She came back to the piano and practiced, "Pleading Child" once again. She also noticed another piece called, "Perfectly Contented" and realized that those 2 pieces are 2 halves of the same song.