QA: For the soul.....

I received this in my email.

A simple man 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 MAS.

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 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 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 ur parents.

The above may sounds like those stories in Chicken S0up for the S0ul, it may be true, it may not. However, the important thing there is the lesson portrayed in the story. I can relate the above to my very own experience. Just last night, I called my dad and he was so excited telling me that he and my mum have just received their international passports. My dad was explaining how easy the process to apply for the passports. Only one day. Due to the fact they did theirs in my hometown, it was even easier. Not crowded at all. Even though you cannot see the face, you can actually "hear" the happiness and excitement over the phone. The tone of voice reveals it all. For my mum, this is her first international passport. She never have one as she never been overseas. Except when she went for Hajj couple of years back and that was using special passport. My dad used to travel to U-Kay once during his stint with the government. And that was it.

So, mum & dad, I will bring you somewhere outside Malays1a one day for vacation. See both of you next week :-) Miss you.....

~ MT @ Q4tar
~~ Sadd, D0ha

~ To Travel Is To Discover Oneself ~


zals said...

So sweet... :-) InsyaAllah...

Anonymous said...

This is real sad story. A real eye-opener. Wish I could do the same :(

Pato & Pearl said...

very true very the young forgets easily..

Pato & Pearl

MT said...


insyaAllah u can.. maybe just a small gathering for yr family would be nice.. :-)

Pato & Pearl
agreed with both of you. Maybe they way they being brought up these days?