Story of the day: a son's shame at losing patience with his aged parent
This fictional story teaches us a great lesson on how we should treat our aging parents.
Seated on a sofa, an 80-year-old man and his 45-year-old son noticed a crow perching on the window.
"What is this?" the old man asked his highly-educated son.
"It is a crow," the son replied.
A few minutes passed and the father asked again, "What is this?"
The son answered: "Father, I have just now told you, 'It's a crow'."
The father repeated his question for a third time after a little while. "What is this," he asked.
The son answered with a hint of irritation in his tone this time. "It's a crow, a crow," he said.
The father, ignoring his son's annoyance, asked the same question for the fourth time.
This time, the son lost his cool. With a raised voice, he told 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?"
Disappointed by his son's reaction, the old man went to his room. When he returned to the living room, he was holding an old, tattered diary.
He handed the diary to his son and asked him to read the first page.
The old man had written there:
'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.'
The son likely felt guilty after reading such a tender note from a loving father.
The moral lesson: let's give our parents unconditional love. Our parents love us unconditionally, so they also deserve our unconditional love.