Friday, April 1, 2011

Lesson from a Mango Tree

The last week has been a bit painful. I aggravated my wrist injury. I guess there were some ligaments strained. I will have to spot a splint over my right hand for a month. It had been a bit of inconvenience for the first one week. The load you had been giving to the right hand had to be distributed to the left. Even the basic human functions such as bathing and eating were becoming a chore. Anyways things are getting better.

My dad belongs to the old school of thought when it comes to spending and saving- Save as much as you can and spend as little as possible. This species are on the verge of extinction now. Thanks to higher income, people develop an itch when they don’t spend.

While I were doing my college, dad developed a passion with farming. With the little space we had, he did a vegetable garden. He went to different places to get the seeds and other technical necessities. I used to get pissed of at this. It was difficult to get the pocket money out of him. But he had no problems in spending on his garden.

During those years of rebellion, I used to question his actions. The trees failing to produce anything became a good weapon for me to jeer at him. The mango trees used to grow with much foliage but with no signs of produce.

A few weeks back they did flower and mangos have sprouted in numbers. When I look at them, I see the pointlessness in the years of rebellion. But then you’ll have to pass through all phases of your lives!

12 comments:

LovkynÄ› said...

it makes me think that, maybe, if we put all that we can into something that really matters to us, our trees might also flower and bear fruit, even if others, even those close to us, don't always see the point in what we're doing.

Renu said...

I envy your father for being economical..that is one trait keeps everyone secure in life..splurging as no positives except collecting garbage.

Susan Deborah said...

It is old-timers as these that saved the economy of India from collapsing. If all of them were like the present crop, then I just don't want to imagine. The mangas look ready to be eaten. Yumm and tangy.

Joy always,
Susan

BK Chowla, said...

A lesson for most of us to respect those with experience

nituscorner said...

this was thought provoking because there are many a time when i do go over board with expenses which i could have done with out.saving some thing for the rainy day does count and specially if invested would do wonders for the future and the old age i guess.

Siddhartha Joshi said...

Indeed one has to pass through the many phases of life to appreciate them all...

p.s. the mangoes look good :)

Purba said...

Patience bears fruit :)

Alka Gurha said...

Wisdom comes from experience....mangoes look yummy.

Pesto Sauce said...

I too belong to old school...save as much as possible

Rachna said...

Wonderful. My in laws belong to the old school too. And, we are enjoying the mango, papaya, lemon, drumsticks, coconuts, pomegranates, chickoo from their garden.

Jon said...

I am feeling happy tht

most of you guys dont over spend !! ANd the mangoes are nt ripe yet. Feeling jealous of you Rachna

Happy Kitten said...

Your Father is a great soul.. and hence we get to read these sould searching notes from his son.