Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.

-Dale Turner-

Thursday, February 25, 2010

saw this post in a forum, contributor : Zack
something that i feel is worth sharing , something that we do often taken for granted.

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 travelled 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 Lufthansa.

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.

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 take things for granted after 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, give them this and that.

Regardless of the amount of donation, etc. 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 too.

Looking at the post from Zack, it reminds me of those regrets that I have till todate to my late mother...

Before the week she passed away (my mother passed away suddently due to heart failure during one of my trip overseas) she have had asked me to have dinner with her in a new resturant when my schedule permitted...and also to go for a short tour with her (at that time, I was a busy carreer woman who had to travel very much for biz trips)and told her will do it after I came back from biz trip ...

If I have had dinner before I travel .... if i had ..... if i had....

Thus : 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 (sometime just simple wishes), treasure the moments with them now.


Chok Keun said...

yup, this is very true. Many times, we tend to take our loved ones for granted...