Sunday, April 26, 2009


A long time ago, there was a huge apple tree. A little boy loved to come and play around it every day. He loved the tree top, ate the apples, took a nap under the shadow...He loved the tree and the tree loved to play with him. Time went by.......

The little boy had grown up and he no longer played around the tree everyday. One day the boy came back to the tree and he looked sad. "Come play with me," the tree asked the boy. I am no longer a kid, I don't ' play around trees anymore." The boy replied, "I want toys. I need money to buy them." "Sorry, but I don't have money.....but you can pick my apples and sell them. Then you will have money." The boy was so excited. He grabbed all the apples on the tree and left happily. The boy never came back after he picked the apples. The tree was sad.

One day the boy returned and the tree was so excited. "Come and play with me" the tree said. I don't have time to play. I have to work for my family. We need a house for shelter. Can you help me? "Sorry but I don't have a house. But you can chop off my branches to build your house." So the boy cut all the branches off the tree and left happily. The tree was glad to see him happy but the boy never came back since then.

The tree was lonely and sad. One hot summer day, the boy returned and the tree was so delighted. "Come and play with me!" the tree said. "I am so sad and getting old. I want to go sailing to relax myself. Can you give me a boat? " "Use my trunk to build your boat. You can sail far away and be happy." So the boy cut the tree trunk to make a boat. He went sailing and never showed up for a very long long time.

Finally, the boy returned after he left for so many years. "Sorry, my boy, but I don't have anything for you anymore. No more apples for yo u...." the tree said". "I don't have teeth to bite" the boy replied. "No more trunk for you to climb on" I am too old for that now" the boy said. "I really can't give you anything.....the only thing left is my dying roots" the tree said with tears. "I don't need much now, just a place to rest. I am tired after all these years." The boy replied "Good! Old Tree Roots is the best place to lean and rest on." "Come, come sit down with me and rest " The boy sat down and the tree was glad and smiled with tears.

This is a story for everyone. The tree is our parents. When we were young, we loved to play with Mom and Dad...When we grew up, we left them...only come to them when we need something or when we are in trouble. No matter what, parents will always be there and give everything they can to make you happy. You may think the boy is cruel to the tree but that is how all of us are treating our parents.

Love your parents, no matter where they are.


mamasita said...

Hai Paula.
My father passed away when I was in Form 5.My mum passed away 3years ago.Today is her birthday.Had she been alive she'd been 83years old.
Yes, we tend to take our parents for granted even though deep inside we love them like mad.
I believe my children will do the same to me.I believe that such behaviour is unavoidable.I am not going to be angry with my children.I just want to get ready and not be lonely and hurt! hehe

masterwordsmith said...

Hi Mamasita,

Thanks so much for sharing ... I understand how you feel because I lost my dad 1.5 years ago...and when he was alive,I always thought he would be there for many more years to come...

I am sure your kids will not be like that beause you are very loving and expressive and they too will be like you.

Take care.
Salam to you and your family.

Tiger said...

Hello MWS.
I lost my mother when I was 12. The next 6 years after that, I consider it the toughest period of my life.
Now that I'm doing alright in life, I try to spend as much time as possible with my father.
I also hope that my children will grow up to be filial.
Too many parents treat their children like demigods nowadays.

masterwordsmith said...

Hi Tiger,

Ah - we have one similarity...I lost my mom when I was 11 years old and it took me more than thirty years to get over the loss so I kind of know how you feel...

I am sure with your loving and practical parenting, your kids will not only be filial, but also loving.

I wrote a post about my boys in my other blog in unplugged. Do check it out if you have time.

Thanks for swinging by and for commenting. Take care and God bless you.