a middle aged man took his eighty years old father to the park.
his father used a stick for walking.
while the old man stepped out from the car,
his stick fell down,
and he lost his balance.
immediately before falling,
his son gripped his hand tightly,
and saved him.
the old man smiled at his son gratefully.
the son said,
'papa put that stick aside.
i will support you for walking.'
holding his son's hand,
the old man walked slowly.
they sat on a bench.
the old man taking a deep breath said,
'you know what?
this is life!'
the son amusingly asked,
'what do you mean, papa?'
the man said,
when you were a kid,
i was holding your hand
to support you for walking.
you are holding my hand to support me!
you were identified as my son,
now i am under your care!
this is what the game of life!'
the man smiled at his dad's comments.
he put his dad's thin skinned hand on his own,
and stroked it softly.
'nothing new papa!
let us enjoy the life,
the way it runs!
we all are passing through the phases of life.
so nothing new,
nothing to worry!'
'you know, son?
what is the funniest part of life?'
mischievously the son questioned his dad.
the old man triumphantly replied,
'we all want to be 'young' forever!
the son's perception of 'ageless' was different from his father.
out of curiosity he asked,
'ha, you know why!
young age is always full of excitement,
thrilling, and phenomenal!
when you are a child,
it is carefree life.
no stress, no liabilities, nothing.
friends, gossips , games,
everything is so enjoyable,
that never happens again when you catch ages.
his son laughed aloud,
'papa, are you still roaming around, in your time?
we are not exempted a single day without stress,
and struggling for survival.
however, we have to manage.
so, don't think too much.'
you have gone through all the phases of life,
because of which
you are haunted by the golden time of 'childhood',
if there would be no growth of period,
how could you compare the childhood as remarkable?!
as you said papa,
'this is the game of life!'
the old man waggled his head.
'oh, yes! you are right!
there is a huge difference between now and then!'