Touching Story Is A Beautiful Reminder To Respect Our Aging Parents

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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 for the second time, “What is this?”

The son said, “Father, I have just now told you, it is a crow.”

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

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

A little while later, the father again asked his son for the fourth 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 that IT IS A CROW?! Are you not able to understand this?”

A little while later, the father went to his room and came back with an old, tattered diary which he had maintained since his son was born. Upon opening a page, he asked his son to read it. When the son read the page, 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 feel at all irritated. Rather, I felt affection for my innocent child.”

While the little child asked the father 23 times, “What is this,” the father felt no irritation in replying to the same question all 23 times. Today, when the father asked his son the same question just four times, the son felt irritated and annoyed.

As your parents enter old age, remember these words:

I want to see my parents happy forever. They have cared for me since I was a little child.

They have always showered me with their selfless love.

They crossed all mountains and valleys without seeing the storm and heat to make me a presentable person in today’s society.

Thank you to Short Stories for sharing this important reminder that we need to love, respect, and be patient with our parents — no matter their age.