An 80 year old man was sitting on the couch in his house along with his 45 years old highly educated son. Unexpectedly a crow perched on their window.
The Father asked his Son, “What is this?” The Son replied “It is a crow”. After a couple of 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 bit, 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 crow”. A little after, the Father once again asked his Son the 4th time, “What is this?”
This time the Son shouted at his Dad, “Why do you keep asking me the same question again and again, even though I have told you numerous times ‘IT IS A CROW’. Are you not able to understand this?”
A little later the Father went to his room and returned with an old scruffy journal, 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 journal:
“Today my little boy aged three was sitting with me on the sofa, when a crow was sitting on the window. My Child asked me 23 times what it was, and I responded 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 feel irritated I rather felt affection for my innocent child”.
While the kid asked him 23 times “What is this”, the Father had felt no irritation in replying to the very same question all 23 times and when today the Father asked his Son the exact 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, however speak to them a gracious word, be cool, loyal, 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 taken care of 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 to God, “I will serve my old parents in the BEST way. I will say all great and kind words to my dear parents, no matter how they act.”