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.