As I sat in the cool comfort of a resort at Pulau Mabul off the east coast Semporna district sometime last September, I spotted man and and boy paddling their outrigger canoe nearby under the heat of the noon sun.
It was a weekday and it occured to me that the boy should be in school and not in that canoe.
And then I reminded myself that finding their next meal may be the most important thing for them instead of thinking about how having an education could mean a better future.
As they paddled past me, the boy noticed I was taking their picture and smiled. I waved to him and he and the man waved back. And then they were gone.