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Saturday, October 6, 2018

If your father and your mother fell into the sea, who would you help first?



written by Chakriya PHOU
edited by Arnold Zable
photographed by Chakriya PHOU


     On Sunday, I met my friend.
     She asked me, 'If your parents and your boyfriend fell into the sea, who you would help first?'
     I could not make a decision because all of them were precious to me.
    On Monday, I went to class. Then I remembered my friend's question. I decided to set it as an exercise for my students before the lesson began. I amended the question, 'If your father and your mother fell into the sea, who would you help first?
     Silence. I said, 'hands up.' Still quiet. I decided to point to one of them. I looked around and I chose the girl who was sitting in the fifth row table on the left. She stood up and said, 'I don't know how to swim. Moreover, even if I did, I would not be able to carry father nor mother from the water. I weigh only 40 kilograms.
     I was surprised. But she was correct. She was truly the number one, outstanding student of the university.
      I bet not one of the students understood and perhaps you don't too. 

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