Friday, May 10, 2019

Just One Night Is Enough

written & illustrated by Chakriya PHOU

In an elderly care center, there were many old people living there.
Preah Indra looked from the heaven and saw them. He felt sorry then he came to earth to them.
He met with the old people.
'I will fulfill your one wish. Please tell me what you want,' said Preah Indra
The elder were happy. Some asked for money; some asked for health; some asked for their kids take them back home; some asked for long age etc.
Only an old man asked from Preah Indra to have well sleep one night.
'You just want to sleep well only?' asked Preah Indra.
'Yes,' said old man.
'Why?' asked Preah Indra.
'I have lived for 70 years,' said old man. 'I spent time studying in school and universities. I was busy getting up early to reach school on time, do homework, play game, watch TV. I had less sleep. When I graduated, I worked. I was socialist. Go to bed late and get up early in the morning. When I married, my life became busy, more and more, to earn money to support family, play and take care kids etc. Moreover, I spent my days arguing with colleagues, friends, family, neighbors and others. There were a lot of tasks I did, a lot of problem I made, a lot of matters I solved. I haven't had full well sleep. Not even a night. So, I really want and need to have a well sleep, a true sleeping. No fear, no worry, no dream and no anything.'
'If so, why don't you ask for sleep well a month or till you die?' asked Preah Indra.
'If your heart say it is enough, it is enough,' said old man. 'It's what I have learnt from life.'
Preah Indra praised the old man. Then he granted old man to have just one night well sleep.

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