(Miss Irons’ photo that was taken by the author, LCM Linda)
It’s a full moon night. A father and his seven years old son are seating at the balcony. They are engaging in their men’s talk every night.
Son: Dad, how do you win mom’s heart?
Dad: Oh! That’s easy. I plucked her the full moon.
Son: Liar. It’s up there. (Son points his finger to the sky.)
Dad: Ha-ha. You go down to the garden and wait for me. I will show you how.
Son is standing in the garden. Father comes with a basin of water.
Dad: Son, look at the basin, do you see the moon now?
Son: I see. (Son knits his brows in deep thought. Then, tears come down.)
Dad: What’s wrong?
Son: I can never win her heart now. (More tears come down.)
Son: I cannot come out with her at night. (Tears are all over his face.)
Dad: Ha-ha. Don’t worry, my son. I have an idea. Wait for me.
Father comes back with a digital camera and takes a photo on the basin. Both go back to the house and have the photo printed out.
Holding the photo, son goes to his mother that is in the sitting room.
Son: Mom, give you a tall building or a full moon, which one do you want?
Mom: Of course, the tall building. Why ask?
Son cries out loudly. Father rushes down to see what has happened. Both parents are puzzled.
Dad: What’s wrong now?
Son: I can never win her heart.
Son: Her boyfriend gave her a tall building and she agreed to marry him.
Dad: She has a boyfriend? Marry him? Son, who is she?
Son: Miss Irons.
Mom laughs out shortly, leaving father perplexed.
Miss Irons is the head teacher of the class and she missed a photo in her visit. Mom and son found the photo. Overheard the conversation between mom and Miss Irons over the phone, son knew the coming marriage…….
Son cries so wholeheartedly that he eventually falls asleep. The basin photo records son’s first love disappointment, a childhood memory that the family cherishes.