A Heartfelt Tale of an Elderly Father, His Son, and a Sparrow


An 80-year-old man was sitting on the sofa in his house alongside his 45-year-old, highly educated son. Suddenly, a crow perched on their window.

The father asked his son, “What is this?”

The son replied, “It is a crow.”

A few minutes later, the father asked his son the same question again, “What is this?”

The son responded, “Father, I just told you, it’s a crow.”

After a little while, the father asked his son a third time, “What is this?”

This time, some irritation crept into the son’s voice as he said, “It’s a crow, a crow.”

A short while later, the father asked his son the same question for the fourth time, “What is this?”

Now, the son shouted at his father, “Why do you keep asking me the same question again and again? I’ve told you so many times—it’s a crow! Don’t you understand?”


The father quietly went to his room and came back with an old tattered diary, which he had maintained since his son was born.

Opening a page, he asked his son to read it. When the son read the page, the following words were written:

“Today, my little son aged three was sitting with me on the sofa when a crow 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 crow. I hugged him lovingly each time he asked the same question again and again, feeling no irritation—only affection for my innocent child.”

While the little child asked his father 23 times “What is this?” the father felt no irritation in replying every time. Yet, today, when the father asked his son the same question just four times, the son felt irritated and annoyed.


If your parents reach old age, do not repulse them or see them as a burden. Speak to them graciously, be cool, obedient, humble, and kind. Be considerate towards your parents.


From today, say aloud:

“I want to see my parents happy forever. They have cared for me since I was a child and have always showered their selfless love on me. They crossed all mountains and valleys, enduring storms and heat to make me who I am today.”

Say a prayer to God:

“I will serve my old parents in the best way. I will say all good and kind words to my dear parents, no matter how they behave.”

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