Photographer's Note


In the USA, we normally hear and accept the noble rule, "Ladies First". Nothing wrong with this lovely rule — especially nothing wrong with gentlemen.

Other than women, we have dog as man’s best friend. Again, nothing wrong with it, because no animal has been certified as better friend of man than dog.

But for the Vietnamese men, our situation is worse. Within my first week in the states 16 years ago, during private orientation given by those who landed America before me, I had been advised this social scale: nhất đàn bà, nhì chó, ba cỏ, bốn đàn ông (first: ladies; second: dog; third: grass, and last: men).

You can witness the mentioned unwritten standard being applied to the life as this snapshot shown the irrigation system is used for watering of grass-field here. Cultivation of grass for sale is a more stable and promising business than investing into other plantings of crop. Grass is nourished by fertilizer and water, then being harvested into sheets for the markets. The green of grass is the dominant color as you first land this country. It is well cared timely just like your haircut. And once you own a house, before paying off the mortgage, you most likely become an expert on babysitting grass, from its food, to the chemical formula to protect it from the disturbance of ants, and through out the technology to program your watering system to keep your grass smiling during the hot seasons and while you are away from home.

During my first year of high school in 1961 at a monastery, our class had to view the movie Dieu a besoin des hommes several times to collect ideas for the homework, but I never understood how "hot-demand" men had been wanted by God. Now, too late, but I begin to realize his need. Because God created woman, dog and grass, he knew it was neccesary to create man to be next in line of priority.

Deo gracias!


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Viewed: 1960
Points: 14
Additional Photos by Ngy Thanh (ngythanh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 471 W: 125 N: 2332] (8458)
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