An 80 year old man
was sitting on the sofa in his house along with his 45 years old highly
educated son. Suddenly a sparrow perched on their window. The father
asked his son, "What is this?" The son replied "It is a sparrow".
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 sparrow".
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 felt in
the son's tone when he said to his father with a rebuff. "It's a
sparrow, a sparrow"
A little after, 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 SPARROW'. 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 sparrow 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 Sparrow. I
hugged him lovingly each time he asked me the same question again and
again for 23 times. I did not at all feel irritated I rather felt
affection for my innocent child"
• In what ways do you try to honor your father?
• What are the life lessons that you've learned from your father?
• What do you think is the lesson to learn from the story?