Grabbed this off dandan's page.

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 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 in the son's tone when he said to his Father with a rebuff, "It's a crow, a crow".

A little later, 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; I rather felt affection for my innocent 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 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, "I 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 today".


Barbara said…
Life is a circle. In the end many of us return to the innocence and ignorance of the beginning. That's just the way it is.
b said…
What a lovely story and lovely reminder!
carra said…
It may seem funny but I get to experience stuff like this with my husband. He often tells me, after me trying to teach him something, that he was doing it before I was born. It is a good thing to remember for every human being because we all get old.
Richard said…
barbara: we certainly never outgrow the need to be caring and to be cared about.

breal: reminds me I need to be more patient with my kids.

carra: I get the impression your husband is significantly older than you then. Does it ever feel patronizing?

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