The father was a pulmonologist, and the mother was a professor, but their daughter's dream was to become an ordinary farmer who does not care for anything. That was the puerile dream of Anh who is 53 years old now with two children. Due to her father's strictness, this was her childhood dream. At that time, she felt her father's way of educating her was a waste of time, and was not useful. Everything she would do was similar to a schedule that her father made. She was really unsatisfied with that, but she could not do anything. She believes that her father's sternness has affected the relationship between her and her father, and it is a lesson for the relationship between her and her children.
Most parents often set up the rules for their children's lives and give the schedule for them to follow. However, for Anh, the rules from her father were more excessive than her abilities when she was a child. Her father was a doctor who always needed to be orderly and stern, and followed his schedule step by step. Perhaps his strict character affected the ways in which he disciplined his children. In addition, during Vietnam War in 1969, she was 8 years old; she moved to live with her father, so her father was a person had the most influence in her. Since that time, she had started "a hard life" with her father's strictness. He set up many rules for her whether they were necessary or not, and she needed to follow those rules. For example, every night except Saturday, she had to stay at her table and study from 7 pm to 9 pm. Regardless of having homework or not, she had to sit there, and then she could go to sleep. Sometimes, she wondered, "Why do I need to sit here?", or "Why do I need to study and follow the crazy rules of my father?" It was the reason why she dreamt to become a farmer.
Every day Anh had to face to her father's strict rules that created the distance between her and her father. Wherever her father stayed at, she would leave that place....