An 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 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 the 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, 23 times. I did not at all feel irritated, rather, I felt great affection for my innocent little 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 only 4 times…
the Son felt rather irritated and annoyed.
If your parents appear confusing to you, do not repulse them or look at them as a burden or with disdain, but speak to them a gracious word, be cool, obedient, humble and kind to them. Be considerate to your parents.
Consider to one’s self, “I want to see my parents happy forever. They have cared for me ever since I was a little child. They have always given much to be able to have me, sometimes even more, than they could afford.”
They crossed all mountains and valleys many times without seeing the coming storms and ravaging heat to make me the person I am today and deserve the greatest respect as the people THEY chose to be.