First Published: Feb.28.2019
A high school teacher started her class with a story:
“A couple went on a cruise to spend quality time together.
The ship hit a seamount and instigated a big hole. Water was pouring into the ship uncontrollably. Everyone was rushing towards the lifeboats.
When the couple got closer to the last lifeboat, they realized there was only one space left. The husband jumped into the lifeboat and it left immediately. The wife was devastated as she stared at the lifeboat and shouted: …….”
The teacher paused and said: “What do you think she shouted?”
Many students had different answers.
One said: “She probably said ‘I hate you.’”
Others said: “She definitely said ‘I wasted my life with you.’”
– “Thanks for leaving me behind.”
The teacher continued: “She shouted ‘take care of our daughter.’”
Years passed and that man took care of their daughter, watched her grow up, get married, become a successful person and a wonderful mother to her children.
He eventually got old and passed away. His daughter was very sad about losing such a kind father who had to play the role of a mother and father at the same time for her. She went through her father’s belongings after a while and found a diary.
She read the diary and, in a part, she found out that her mother had an incurable disease and didn’t have much time left. Her father was so in love with her and was very sad knowing he was going to lose her. Her father suggested the last trip together to remember their last days with happiness.
One of her father’s sentences was:
“When we were running towards the lifeboats, you made me promise to find a way to get to our daughter. I promised you that I would take care of her. I wish that I could have stayed with you, held your hands and gone down into the ocean with you. I wish I could have embraced your caring heart and drowned in your kindness.”
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