Thursday, August 07, 2008

A Father's Love

My good friend, Vanessa Yong, sent me this email which I would like to share with my readers. Unfortunately I do not have the luxury of having 4 questions asked by papa for he passed away when I was 18 years old. It is interesting to note that people often treasure what they do not have. I have never seen any of my grandparents for they passed away before I was born. I am often filled with envy when I visit my friends who still have parents in their 80's and 90's.


"An 80 year old man was sitting on the sofa in his house along with his 45

years 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 t he 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.


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'.

'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.'

Thanks for spending ur time on reading this mail .........
Hope U r
forwarding this to all ur friends...

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