Pham and Her Gold Fish


Gold fish

An offer from a big telecommunication company in Vietnam took place and proved it easy for a girl with fluency in English and French like Pham Thi Nguyen to find a decent job.

To congratulate her daughter, Pham’s mother bought her a tiny aquarium with a gold fish in it. Receiving the gift in excitement, the lovely girl made the fish her good friend. She named him, “Vinh”.

Like a butterfly, time flew to witness Pham excelling at her job. To no one’s surprise, the girl was promoted within just two years. Everyone thought that she must be happy with her new roles, but in fact she wasn’t. She did not feel contented. Even though she earned good money, she felt that she was going nowhere. After learning so much in the past two years, she felt there was nothing left to learn, no more mountain to conquer.

Pham leaned against the wall, gazing at the aquarium. She saw Vinh the gold fish was struggling to swim. His round eyes reflected a downcast.

Grimacing at the bitter melancholy, Pham said, “It’s funny that my happiness seems to be parallel to Vinh’s. We were both happy at the beginning of our acquaintance, but look at us now. We’re both miserable.”

“Do you notice Vinh has grown in size?” out of nowhere her mother asked the question.

“Yes, his body has grown much larger, but the tiny aquarium certainly isn’t,” Pham replied while thrusting her head to examine Vinh more closely.

Pondering the fact that Vinh’s body had been growing but the aquarium remained the same size, Pham raised her eyebrows. Then her eyes gleamed. She then exclaimed, “Oh, he needs a larger aquarium!”

“And so do you,” her mother gave her a beaming smile. “You need a larger aquarium in your life. When you’re not contented with what you’ve accomplished, it’s mainly because you’ve grown so much that you have to find a much bigger aquarium. It is now time for you to embark on a new course of life.”

Everything changed six months later. Vinh had a larger aquarium, while Pham was now enjoying an extremely challenging academic life as an international student in the University of Melbourne after being awarded the Australian Development Scholarship. Not only she was excelling at university, but also she made good friends with people from all over the world, something that she had been dreaming of since she was a teenager. The jolly and brilliant Pham Thi Nguyen had returned.

37 thoughts on “Pham and Her Gold Fish

    • Thank you, Lada Ray. You are one generous soul. It is my mission to serve humanity through the written word. ♥ I write poetry and short stories alternately every Thursday, feel free to drop by if you need some inspiration. Hope there’s something here that can help you or be of any use to you and your family or friends. Take care, many blessings and much love to you, my new friend Lada 🙂

      • Thank you, Subhan. This sounds wonderful, I’ll definitely be a frequent guest at your blog. We can never have too much love, kindness and inspiration. 🙂

        Love and hugs,
        Lada

  1. I always enjoy the sweet simplicity of your stories, Subhan.

    Nice parallel between Pham and Vinh, especially in that moment of realization. I really like the way Pham’s mother gives her that extra little push, too. The care and love between them is never articulated, but it’s still strongly felt.

    • Mayumi, thank you very much for your kind words, you are one generous soul. I am glad this does not disappoint you, thank you again for your input, many blessings and much love to you 🙂

    • It is my mission to serve humanity through the written word. This story is just part of the mission and I hope along the way I do not disappoint. May the Light of Love perpetually shine in your heart, Indira ♥

  2. Another great moral Subhan. Sometimes it takes someone else to help you realise you’ve outgrown the aquarium, doesn’t it. This one has really got me thinking about something in my life… Thank you

    • Ah, so great to hear that! I hope you never cease in becoming the woman you always want to be and the woman you always are. Many blessings and much love to you 🙂

  3. Preciosa historia que nos hace reflexionar que lo material no es todo en la vida, que el alma siempre debe ser enriquecida para nuestro crecimiento personal.
    Mágica jornada Subhan.
    Un abrazo.

    • Thank you, Pak Chris, since mid January I have only been able to post once a week, every Thursday, but hope will one day can afford the luxury of blogging twice or three times a week when I do full-time writing, inshaallah. I hope this arrangement is fine with you.Thanks for your continuous support, Pak Chris, you are one wonderful soul. 🙂

    • Thank you, Ibu Meiro, not really well, actually, but better than Sunday night obviously. Full recovery is something that I am aiming through prayers, yoga, and meditation and hopefully this will give huge impact. Since mid January I have only been able to post once a week, every Thursday, but hope will one day can afford the luxury of blogging twice or three times a week when I do full-time writing, inshaallah. I hope this arrangement is fine with you.

      Finally, thanks for your continuous support, Ibu Meiro you are a blessing to the world. 🙂

    • Thank you, Cik Eric, not really well, actually, but better than Sunday night obviously. Full recovery is something that I am aiming through prayers, yoga, and meditation and hopefully this will give huge impact. Thanks for your continuous support, Cik, you are a blessing to the world. 🙂

    • anytime, Ian. It is my mission to serve humanity through the written word. A weekly post at this stage (every Thursday), but twice a week at least when I can do full-time writing one day, inshaallah 🙂

  4. Is this a true story Subhan?If it is congratulations to Pham.We all need change,otherwise we won’t be happy.
    Thanks for your post,Subhan!

    • Lovely story! It is all such good news! I love your lovely, gentle style. Education is great fun … money is NOT everything. It buys “stuff”, but doesn’t soothe or enrich the soul. 🙂

    • No, Ranu, it is fictional, a true story that I wrote is the one called ‘Sentot Just Wants to Speak English’, if you want to take a look and read, thanks for commenting, your presence here is always celebrated 🙂

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