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Parents are precious!

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by chris barker, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. chris barker

    chris barker Regular Member

    Dec 25, 2009
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    This was narrated at a Seminar recently on

    Human Relations

    Venkatesh Balasubramaniam (who works for IIT)

    describes how his gesture of booking an air ticket

    for his father, his maiden

    flight, brought forth a rush of emotions and made

    him (Venkatesh) realize that how much we all

    take for granted when it comes to our


    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
    xxx Airways. The moment I

    handed over the tickets

    to him, he was surprised to see that I 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 a 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 was 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 cricket bats,

    dresses, toys, outings, etc. Irrespective of their

    affordability, they have catered 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 t 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


    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

    needs to be given to our parents and

    elders.Quality time and politely answering them

    with out making them wait is important. Now I

    realise that I must look at their eyes and answer

    them pleasantly and pretend to be reading papers

    and answer in mono syllables. 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 your parents

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    Last edited: Jun 18, 2010
  2. minute80

    minute80 Regular Member

    Dec 3, 2008
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    What up with all the colors?
  3. ladydargeeling

    ladydargeeling Newbie

    May 24, 2010
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    OH MY GOD ,I had to cry, beautiful.
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  4. chris barker

    chris barker Regular Member

    Dec 25, 2009
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    Nothing special with this color..i just copy paste it from one email..
  5. bbrez1

    bbrez1 Power Member

    Feb 21, 2009
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    rainbows :umbrella: