Friday, April 30, 2010



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 traveled 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


The moment I handed over the tickets to him, he was surprised to see that
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
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.

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