I was randomly scrolling through Quora and then I came across something which got my eyes teary. It is certainly the best thing that you’d read today.
A cruise ship met with an accident at sea. On the ship was a married couple. After having made their way to the lifeboat, they realized that there was only space for one person left. At this moment, the man pushed the woman behind him and jumped onto the lifeboat himself. The lady stood on the sinking ship and shouted one sentence to her husband.”
The teacher stopped and asked, “What do you think she shouted?”
Most of the students excitedly answered, “I hate you!”
The teacher noticed a boy who was silent throughout, he got him to answer and he replied, “Teacher, I believe she would have shouted – Take care of our child!”
The teacher was surprised, asking “Have you heard this story before?”
The boy shook his head, “No, but that was what my mom told my dad before she died to disease”.
The teacher lamented, “The answer is right”.
The ship sank; the man went home and brought up their daughter single-handedly. Many years later, after his death, their daughter found his diary while tidying his belongings. It turns out that when the parents went on the cruise, the mother was already diagnosed with a terminal illness. At the critical moment, the father rushed to the only chance of survival.
He wrote in his diary, “How I wished to sink to the bottom of the ocean with you, but for the sake of our daughter, I can only let you lie forever below the sea alone”.
The story was finished, the class was silent.
The teacher knew that the students had understood the moral of the story, that of the good and the evil in the world, that there are many complications behind them which are hard to understand.
This is why we should not focus only on the surface and judge others without understanding them first.
Those who like to pay the bill, do so not because they are loaded but because they value friendship above money.
Those who apologize first after a fight, do so not because they are wrong but because they value the people around them.
Those who are willing to help you, do so not because they owe you anything but because they see you as a true friend.
One day, all of us will get separated from each other; we will miss our conversations about everything & nothing; the dreams that we had. Days will pass by, months, years, until this contact becomes rare.
One day, our children will see our pictures and ask ‘Who are these people?’ And we will smile with invisible tears and say: “That was the best time of my life.”
Also published on Medium.