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Something that we do often take for granted. April 9, 2010

Posted by ibnmahadi in Uncategorized.
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This is about a man who tells how his booking an air ticket for his father, his first flight, brought emotions and made him realize that how much we all take for granted when it comes to our parents.

My parents left for our native place on Thursday and we went to the airport to see them off. In fact, my father had never travelled by air before, so I just took this opportunity to make him experience the same.

In spite of being asked to book tickets by train, I got them tickets on Lufthansa.

The moment I handed over the tickets to him, he was surprised to see that I had booked them by air. The excitement was very apparent on his face, waiting for the time of travel. Just like a school boy, he was preparing himself on that day and we all went to the airport, right from using the trolley for his luggage, the baggage check-in and asking for window seat and waiting restlessly for the security check-in to happen.

He was thoroughly enjoying himself and I, too, was overcome with joy watching him experience all these things.

As they were about to go in for the security check-in, he walked up to me with tears in his eyes and thanked me. He became very emotional and it was not as if I had done something great but the fact that this meant a great deal to him. When he said thanks, I told him there was no need to thank me.

But later, thinking about the entire incident, I looked back at my life.

As a child how many dreams our parents have made come true. Without understanding the financial situation, we ask for football, dresses, toys, outings, etc. Irrespective of their affordability, they have satisfied to all our needs. Did we ever think about the sacrifices they had to make to accommodate many of our wishes?

Did we ever say thanks for all that they have done for us?

Same way, today when it comes to our children, we always think that we should put them in a good school.

Regardless of the amount of donation, we will ensure that we will have to give the child the best, theme parks, toys, etc. But we tend to forget that our parents have sacrificed a lot for our sake to see us happy, so it is our responsibility to ensure that their dreams are realized and what they failed to see when they were young, it is our responsibility to ensure that they experience all those and their life is complete.

Many times, when my parents had asked me some questions, I have actually answered back without patience. When my daughter asks me something, I have been very polite in answering. Now I realize how they would have felt at those moments.

Let us realize that old age is a second childhood and just as we take care of our children, the same attention and same care need to be given to our parents and elders.

Rather than my dad saying thank you to me, I would want to say sorry for making him wait so long for this small dream. I do realize how much he has sacrificed for my sake and I will do my best to give the best possible attention to all their wishes. Just because they are old does not mean that they will have to give up everything and keep sacrificing for their grandchildren also. They have wishes, too.’

Take care of our parents. Don’t take them for granted and make them feel small and unwanted in their old age. They too have feelings/dreams/ hope/aspirations /wishes (and many broken/shattered ones) too while sacrificing them to give us our needs and our wants.

If you think this is worth reading, pls share it with others too.

“Life is a comedy for those who think… and a tragedy for those who feel.”

Comments»

1. Margaret T. Udoh - December 19, 2010

I wish I could make my mother to live longer. Being an only child, I enjoyed an adulterated love for the period of my life before her demise. When she was dieing was was when I realized how little I paid her for all she did for me. I am advising those of us who still have their parents to show them as much love as possible. They may not require millions from us but only some moments to be with us.
No matter how busy we are, we should always find time for them. I really wish I can bring mine back.

2. Margaret T. Udoh - December 19, 2010

Please show as much love as possible to your parents when they are sill alive. there is nothing you will do for them which will surpass their care and love to you. Just as we love to look at the flowers we plant and nurture, so also do they derive great pleasure from seeing us and their grand children. Always find time to be with them. They may require only this from us. Remember we shall all be there one day.


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