A Touching Story
A long time ago, there was a huge apple tree.
The boy loved to come and play around it everyday.
.It loved a little boy very much.
He would act like a King.
.The boy used to collect leaves from the tree to make into a crown.
.The little boy also liked to climb to the tree top.
.He loved to grab on to the tree branches and to swing like a monkey.
He would then eat them.The little boy loved to pluck the apples from the tree.
.He would often take a nap under the cool shadow of the apple tree.
He loved the tree and the tree was so happy!
Time went by«
.The years passed.
The tree said.One day. ³Come and play with me. the boy came back to the tree.´
I need money to buy them. I want toys.
. I do not play around a tree anymore.³I am no longer a kid.
The tree said. So.
.´ The boy was so excited. you will have money. The tree was happy. He grabbed all the apples on the tree and left happily. ³Sorry. but I do not have money«but you can pick all my apples and sell them.
.The boy never came back for a long time after he had picked the apples. The tree was sad.
. returned and the tree was excited.´ the tree said. ³Come and play with me. the boy who had then grown into a man.One day.
³I do not have time to play. We need a house for shelter. Can you help me?´
. I have to work for my family.
. but I do not have any house.´ the tree said. But you can chop off my branches to build your house.
So the man cut all the branches of the tree and left happily.
The tree was glad to see him happy but the man never came back for a long. The tree was again lonely and sad.
. long time.
³Come and play with me!´ the tree said
.One hot Summer day. the man returned and the tree was delighted.
³I am getting old. I want to go sailing to relax myself. Can you give me a boat?´ the man asked
.³Use my trunk to build your boat. ³You can sail far away and be happy.´ the tree said.
.So the man cut the tree trunk to make a boat. He went sailing and never showed up for a long time.
.The tree seemed to be happy but the happiness was not real.
´ the man replied. ³Sorry. No more apples for you«´ the tree said. I do not have any teeth to bite.
. But I do not have anything for you anymore.
³No problem.Finally the man returned after many years. my boy.
³No more trunk for you to climb on.´ the man said.
. ³I am too old for that now.´ the tree said.
´ the tree said with tears. I am tired after all these years.´ the man replied.³I really cannot give you anything«the only thing left is my dying roots. ³I do not need much now.
. just a place to rest.
³Good! Old tree roots are the best place to lean on and rest.´
. Come. come sit down with me and rest.
The man sat down and the tree was glad and smiled with tears«
. And they are your parents« No matter how busy you are.Everybody has Apple Trees in his or her life. share some time with your parents.
care and love through the years. * We must show our gratitude to our parents and people who care for us. Don¶t hesitate.
. Don¶t wait until it is too late.Reflections
* We owe a lot to our parents. many teachers. relatives and friends who have given us their time. * Filial piety and gratitude are noble and great spiritual virtues to cultivate.