Last Wish of the Mother
By Ashok G. Vasandani
Here’s a story I read on Facebook in Demic page that I’d like to share, something that we can all learn from.
A man was offered a job in another state. He decided to take his mother to a local nursing home. For the first three months, he came to see her every weekend, but then he kept getting busier and busier. He even worked on Saturday to have a higher salary at the end of the month. Traveling such a long way to his home state every weekend started to feel like a burden to him.
It has been a very long time since he last saw his mother… One day he received a phone call from the nursing home. “Please come to visit!” The nurse said to him with a very serious tone. He arrived to find that the condition of his mother was very critical. Her illness has gotten much more severe while he was busy earning money.
He sat down beside her bed, took her hand and said, “Mom, please tell me what can I do for you?” His heart ached with sadness and regret. He know she might not make it to tomorrow. “My son, can you install fans in the nursing home? There are no fans here,” she said. “Also put a fridge for betterment for food. There are many time I have to sleep without food.”
The son was completely taken by surprise as he listened to her. “Mom, while you were here you never complained about those things.” “Now when you have only a few hours left, why are you telling me all of this?” he questioned.
The mother gave him a gentle smile, “My dear, I’m alright with heat, hunger and pain. But when you get old and your children send you here, I’m afraid you will not be able to manage.” The son broke into tears. He bent down to hug his mother asking for her forgiveness.
MORAL LESSON: Love your parents and treat them with loving care. For you will only know their value when you see their empty chair.
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