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, â€œWhat is this?â€
The Son replied â€œIt is a crowâ€.
After a few minutes, the Father asked his Son the 2nd time, â€œWhat is this?â€
The Son said â€œFather, I have just now told you â€œItâ€™s a crowâ€.
After a little while, the old Father again asked his Son the 3rd time,
What is this?â€
At this time some ex-pression of irritation was felt in the Sonâ€™s tone when he said to his Father with a rebuff. â€œItâ€™s a crow, a crowâ€.
A little after, the Father again asked his Son t he 4th time, â€œWhat is this?â€
This time the Son shouted at his Father, â€œWhy do you keep asking me the same question again and again, although I have told you so many times â€˜IT IS A CROWâ€™. Are you not able to understand this?â€
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 :-
â€œToday 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 h e 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 childâ€.
While the little child asked him 23 times â€œWhat is thisâ€, 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, â€œI 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 todayâ€.
Say a prayer to God, â€œI 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.