A Common Man

Raj is a middle aged man. He was born in a poor family, but raised well by his father and mother. His father owned a welding shop and used to work for more than 12 hours a day to lead a decent living.

Still, Raj’s father could not earn enough money to provide a luxurious living to his family. Raj was an average student in his school and used to score around 70 percent marks. Raj’s dream was to become a doctor. Since his marks weren’t very high, he could not get the desired course he wanted to study. He joined a bachelor’s degree course, completed the course successfully and got a job in a company.

His life was going on with no dramatic change. His father was still working in his welding shop and earned for his living. After getting a permanent job, Raj’s parents wanted him to marry. He got married to a lady from his native town and he also got promoted in his job. After a few years, he had beautiful twin boys.

Later Raj began to earn a handsome salary and started to live a luxurious life. He bought a new house and a new car. Some of the luxuries were really unnecessary. His company provided him a car still Raj purchased a new car!

After almost 6 – 7 years, with Raj’s luxurious lifestyle he could not manage all the household expenses and could not afford to pay for the children’s education and other necessities of life.

His father fell sick and could not continue his work in the welding shop. He requested Raj to give some money for his treatment and also for the household expenses.

Raj, who was already suffering from financial crisis, shouted at his parents and told that he had no money to help them.

Raj complained to his parents, ‘You never send me to a big school. I was not provided with expensive clothes. You fed me my favourite foods very rarely; also I wasn’t able to taste a few varieties of foods. When I got low marks you did not have enough money to improve my academics and it took more than 10 years for me to get settled. Now, I’m again struggling for money. You did not do anything to help me and you are a burden to me! Don’t come to me again.’

His parents left shattered.

After a week, while Raj was on an official tour he met a small boy aged about 10 years selling toys. The boy requested Raj to buy something. Raj asked the boy why he was selling toys instead of studying and about his parents. The boy replied, ‘My father met with an accident a year ago and he lost one hand. He cannot work now. My mom is working as a maid at a few houses. I’m helping my parents by selling toys. I go to school and sell toys only in the evenings. I work for 3 hours a day and I will study at night!’

Raj purchased a few toys from the little boy and he learned a lesson from the life of the small boy.

At a very small age, the boy was helping his parents, but Raj who was just unable to meet the lavish lifestyle neglected his parents.

It’s your duty to take care of your parents when you get older and matured.