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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