By Linh PMP

“Love me if you dare” is the English title of a French movie in 2003 named “Jeux d’enfants” — “Children’s Games”. The whole movie is a series of crazy unreasonable playful decisions. It’s not beautiful, not educational, not thrilling. It’s thorny, like the real life.

The most obsessive saying in the movie must be the question and answer “Are you game” – “Game!” going along with the two main characters through their lives. Life is a big game which sometimes they ignore,sometimes they run away from, while some other times they cannot help getting involved in. The fun thing is that only when they are “game”, they see themselves truly alive.

It’s fun

P is one of the first Vietnamese tutors for international students on campus, recruited to support the foreign friends during their first days at school. The first time I stalked P’s facebook wall, I saw a troll post by one of his buddies “Tutor for foreign students? Kidding? How come! With your low English grade?”. Actually it did not make me doubt his capability. I even trusted him more. There are many other students with higher English grades compared to P’s, but not confident,enthusiastic and determined like him. He dared to take charge, regardless of challenges. And time tells that my trust is right. He enjoyed the time being the tutor. He was loved a lot by foreign students. He also had new good foreign friends. He says that it helped him to change himself a lot. I personally think that it did not really make changes to him, but helped him discover himself more,in a fun way.

It defines an “I”

C is one of my dear colleagues. To be frank, he has a weird voice which does not follow any melody(or most of). He seems not to be sensitive with music notes (sorry buddy!:-)). We often criticize him on that (just for fun). But he still sings a lot and even composes quite a few STiCO songs (kind of FPT musical heritage). Now I have to say that such note-insensitivity helps differentiate him from other people.

It defines another “I”

B is one of my foreign students. He once told me that he could not sing because he felt uncomfortable in front of the public. I tried to convince him to break the ice just once and finally he agreed. We then discovered that his voice was nice and he looked cool on the stage. I bet that there will be his second time soon :-).

My brother has a similar story. He usually mumbles some songs at home but never wants to sing out loud.But one day his literature teacher would like him to sing for her in front of the class on Teachers’ Day. I don’t know what happened to his mind (maybe he wanted to flirt a classmate, I dont know!), but he just decided to stand up and sing loud for the first time. He sang “Stereo hearts” (OMG,how come!). One of his close friends sent him a message after that day “You are not the one I knew before :-D”. I know it made him love himself more.

It brings a mission

D, an American old man is a Christian who does not like Mormonism. In his hometown, the number of people following Christianity and Mormonism were the same 50 years go, but now Christians outnumber Mormons by a huge amount. The reason is that Mormonism has been promoting a huge network of missionaries, most of whom are young people working for community services during their gap year after high schools. Those young missionaries are the best ambassadors attracting more and more people to their religion. So in order to raise the number of Christians in his hometown, D wants to develop a network of young Christian missionaries. The ones who can decide on that are his old friends, the churches owners who have money and authority. But unfortunately these old guys refused, because they don’t like the young people :-)). Ok, so let’s say they don’t dare. Poor D!

To be involved in the game and accomplish the mission, we should have playful partners who we will inspire and inspires us back. I am more lucky than D. Two weeksbefore the Tet holiday, an idea of Homestay Program for foreign students just crossed my mind. I asked a group of pioneering Vietnamese students immediately “Are you game?”. And they nodded. It was not easy at allto accomplish the mission after the nod. But we have done something in passion that makes us happy. Just like today, I got a message from a homestay participant “Chuc Mung nam moi in advance. Hope you are enjoying your Tet Holiday? Am having lovely time in hai duong countryside with tu pham. Vietnamese People here are so friendly. ** I love Vietnam**”

Back to “Love me if you dare”, I hate the way the two characters treat their dear ones in the movie. I hate the way the movie ends in death, not like the other fairy tales or Pixar cartoons that I fall in love with. But I love the way they live in passion and stay playful until the last minute.

I’m game. Game.

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