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I want to share this story I came across the internet which really touched my heart.  It is about a relationship between a father and son, but it could really be about children and parents.  I share this with you all because I believe that sometimes, we tend to take for granted that are dear to us.  When we are younger, we are so innocent, and the love that we have for our family members is so pure.  As we grow older however, we sometimes forget how important we are to each other.

Some of us start to drift away from each other, and only do we realize later on that we have lost so much valuable time with the ones we love.  Some of us even regret when our loved ones have passed away, and we no longer have the chance to spend quality time with them.  So please read this story as it will show us how we must take the time to be patient with and love each other.

An 80 year-old man was sitting on the sofa in his house along with his 45-year old highly educated son.  Suddenly a crow perched on their window.  The father asked his son, “What is this?”  The Son replied, “It is a crow.”

After a few minutes, the father asked his son the 2nd time, “What is this?”  The son said, “Father, I have just now told you.  It’s a crow.”

After a little while, the old father again asked his son the 3rd time, “What is this?”

At this time, some expression of irritation was felt in the son’s tone when he said to his father with a rebuff, “It’s a crow, a crow.”

A little after, the father again asked his son for the 4th time, “What is this?”

This time the son shouted at his father, “Why do you keep asking me the same question again and again, although I have told you so many times ‘IT IS A CROW’.  Are you not able to understand this?”

A little later, the father went to his room and came back with an old tattered diary, which he had maintained since his son was born.  On opening a page, he asked his son to read that page.  When the son read it, the following words were written in the diary:

Today my little son, aged three, was sitting with me on the sofa, when a crow was sitting on the window.  My son asked me 23 times what it was, and I replied to him all 23 times that it was a crow.  I hugged him lovingly each time he asked me the same question again and again for 23 times.  I did not at all feel irritated.  I rather felt affection for my innocent child.”

While the little child asked him 23 times “What is this,” the father had felt no irritation in replying to the same question all 23 times, and when today the Father asked his son the same question just 4 times, the son felt irritated and annoyed.  So if your parents attain old age, do not repulse them or look at them as a burden, but speak to them a gracious word; be cool, obedient, humble, and kind to them. Be considerate to your parents.  From today, say this aloud:

I want to see my parents happy forever. They have cared for me ever since I was a little child. They have always showered their selfless love on me. They crossed all mountains and valleys without seeing the storm and heat to make me a person presentable in the society today.

Say a prayer:

My Lord! bestow on them thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood.  I will serve my old parents in the best way.  I will say all good and kind words to my dear parents, no matter how they behave.

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  • Wow. This is very touching indeed. I have been so far away from my parents (they’re in Las Vegas, and I’m here in the Philippines), and I feel that sometimes, I do not communicate to them enough. This is a reminder that I must make more effort to stay in touch with them because they are also growing old, and I miss having them around. I can’t wait to visit them.

  • 시드니

    It made me miss my father more. When I was a young kid, I used to be very talkative when I’m with him. I would tell everything and he would listen well. But growing up made us communicate less and less. I was 18 when he died, and I regret not being able to express how I love him and how grateful I am for all his love and hardwork for us. We shouldn’t really take ou loved ones for granted. Thanks for sharing this story.

    • Aww. Sorry to hear that your father died when you were 18. I’m sure your father would be proud of you as he looks down from up above. This story also reminds me of Mitch Albom’s For One More Day.

      • 시드니

        I really hope he is.^_^ Thank you.

        >>I’ll get a copy of that book.

  • Rosdom J. Capellan

    It’s a sad story. I remember my father, he died when I was 8 years old. I was not able to spend much time to be with my him during my childhood, so I focused my attention to my mother who did everything for us.

  • Edmond Apolo-Aiep

    Before I don’t care about my parents that much. As I grow old, that’s the time I understand them more and more. Now, I treasure them more than myself. I will always believe that you will never know their value till their gone.

    • Rosdom J. Capellan

      That’s why every time I have extra time I’ll make sure that I’ll spend that with my Mother and my Family.

  • Mike Rowland-Aiep

    I think most children don’t really learn to appreciate their parents until well into adulthood.

    • Reggie Meriales Aiep

      I agree. It kinda made me feel guilty because I didn’t pay so much attention to them when I was younger. Good thing is we still have time to do it now. 🙂

      • Liz Orale Aiep

        I totally agree. When my dad past away, I decided to move to the Philippines. It was a sacrifice to move away and not be at the same place with my mom for almost half of my life. But now that I have her around, it makes a whole lot of difference, and now that I’m older, I understand the sacrifices people make now for their future. Good read, thank you. 🙂

  • Reggie Meriales Aiep

    Very true. I’m actually feeling pretty guilty right now after reading this. Again.

  • Neysa L Custodio

    One of the reasons I decided to work part time is so I can be there for my folks when they need me. Since I am the only child still living at home, and being the only daughter, I’m the one they depend on the most to care for them. I drive them to doctors’ appointments, run errands for them, and I make sure our household runs smoothly.

  • Al Dane Dumpit

    This article reminds me that we should take care of our parents when they get older and weak because there is no other people could do that except their families or love ones. We should never forget that our parents should be loved and respected especially in their golden age, we give them an extra care and love. #loveyourparents #ilovemyparents

  • سعيد محمد

    It is really irritating when you see or hear such a thing like that and makes me really sad,our parents supposed to be everything to think about ,treating them with kindness and love is a must, I really wish these bad habits to disappear.

  • Raed Raeis Bin Mahfuth

    I can’t imagine that story.The parents our life and happiness

  • Moose Alamoudi

    your parents are supposed to be the most precious people in your life, they raised you good and took care of you until you become a grown man/woman, when they get old you should take care of them as well and do whatever they ask no matter how hard it is.

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