The ever needy child and the ever sacrificing tree(parent)
(Based on the great posting by my friend Anantha Narayanan in face book. My acknowledgements to him. )
There was a young boy of a little known village,
Who used to daily go near tree and sing and play?
The tree used to daily become happy on seeing him
And started loving that boy as if he was its son.
One day the boy did not come and the tree became very sad,
And after a few days he came with a sad face and sat near the tree,
And when the tree asked “Why he was sad?” He said with great sorrow,
“All my friends have pretty dolls but I do not have any and so I am sad.”
The tree told “you did not come for such a simple reason and please,
Harvest all the fruits on my branches, go to the market and sell them.
You will get lots and lots of money to buy prettier dolls.”
The boy did that, got lot of money and bought lots of dolls.
But he stopped coming to see the tree and came again after many years,
The tree burst in to tears of joy on seeing him and told him, “Come on.
Climb on my branches and play.” But the man who was once a boy told,
“Now I am a family man and I have wife and kids. I am sad because I do not have a home.”
The tree laughed aloud and said, “Cut all my branches and build a home,
For you with them but please do come daily as I am sad at not seeing you.”
The man agreed, cut off all the trees branches, made planks and beams,
And built a pretty home for him and his family but he stopped coming to the tree.
But he did come after many many years to the tree with a sad face and told,
“My fishing boat got broken down and I am not able to earn anything and so I am sad,”
The tree who has happy to see him said, “Cut off all my trunk and leave only roots,
And build a fishing boat with them. I would cry because I know you will never come.”
That middle aged man cut almost the entire tree left the stump and roots,
Built a great boat and became rich but never bothered to visit the old tree.
Years rolled by and after a long, long time an old man with grey hair and,
Sunken cheeks came in search of the tree and simply sat there on the earth.
With tears flowing torrentially from its eyes the tree told him whom it loved,
“I do not have fruits, nor branches, nor stems or anything to give you.” And he said,
“I do not have teeth and I cannot bite your fruits and I do not have strength,
To build a home or boat and I do not need them as my family has deserted me.”
He continued “I need rest” can I keep my head on your roots and take rest”
And the tree said of course and at last, the tree became really happy.
This story is that of us all and our parents, when we were young we played with them,
And all our needs were met by them and we did not even bothered to visit them,
When all that wanted were love and affection and our time.