Some years back, there was a large apple tree. A little boy called “FORTUNE” loved to come and play around it every day. One day He climbed to the top of the tree, as usual.
He plucked some apples and ate, after which he went under its shadow to have a short sleep. Both of them loved to play with each other so much.
Many years passed, the little boy had grown up and he no longer played around the tree as he normally does. One day, the little Fortune came back and looked very worried and unhappy.
Come and play with me, the tree demanded of him. I do not play around trees anymore, for I am no longer the little boy you used to know. I am now a big boy, Fortune responded.
Give me money to buy toys, that is what I need now. Sorry, but I do not have money, you can pick all my apple fruit and sell them. So, you will have money.
The boy was so excited. He plucked all the apples on the tree and left happily. He never came back again for many years after picking the apples. And the tree was sad because of his absence.
One day, the boy who now turned into a man returned and the tree was excited for seeing him again, after many years. Welcome back, come and play with me the tree said.
I do not have time to play. I have to work for my family. Remember, we need a house for shelter. Can you help me to achieve that?. Sorry, but I do not have any house too.
But you can cut my branches to build your house. So he went ahead and cut all the branches of the tree and left happily. And the tree was glad to see him happy, and he went out rejoicing.
The tree was again lonely and sad. One hot afternoon, the man returned and the tree was pleased for his return. Can you come and play with me now that you are back?.
But Fortune said, can’t you see that am getting old?. I want to sail to an island to relax. Can you help me with a boat? said the man. Use my body to build your boat.
You can sail far away and be happy. So the man cut the tree body to make a boat. And went sailing and never showed up for a long period of time.
Finally, one day, Fortune returned after many years. The tree said to him I know you only come to me when you are in need. But I am sorry, I do not have anything for you anymore.
No more apples for you to pluck, nor my body for you to climb on. No problem, I do not have any teeth to bite the apple again, Neither am I young to climb you anymore the man said.
All that is left with me is my dying roots, the tree said with tears. I do not need much from you now, just a place to rest.
I am tired, and needed to rest after many years of labour, the man replied. Good! Old tree roots are even the best place to lean on and rest, come sit down with me and rest.
He went and sat down on the root of the tree. The tree was so glad that the little Fortune that has turned into a man, has come back to be with him.
This story is for everyone on this planet earth. The tree is just like our parents. The time we were young, we loved to play with our Mum and Dad. But when we grow up, we leave them.
Do you think the boy is cruel and harsh to the tree? But that is how we all treat our parents. Most times we take them for granted, we don’t even appreciate all they do for us until it’s too late.
We only come to them when we are in need of something or when we are in trouble. Always remember that no matter what, parents are always there and ready to give everything they could, just to make us happy.
We must love our parents not just because they gave birth to us, but because God in heaven has commanded us to honor them. Remember, whatever you are today was because of their sacrifice.
Our parents were the first people we met on this earth when we were born, which showed us care, love, and affection. They made a lot of sacrifices to bring us to where we are today.
Every child owns his or her parent’s obedience, love, and care. Mostly when they are old. Our relationships with our parents must be mutual.
Most times we fail to understand our parents when they are alive. We forget all that they have done in the past and see them as burdens.
But when they are no more, you will understand their worth, and how selfless they have been to you.