A long time ago, there was a huge tree.
It loved a little boy very much, the boy loved to come and play around it every day.
The little boy liked to swing with its branches,
Ate the apples,
Take a nap under the shadow,
He loved the tree, and the tree was so happy.
Time went by…
One day, the boy came back to the tree.
The tree said, “Come and play with me.”
“I am no longer a kid. I don’t play around a tree anymore.”
“I want toys. I need money to buy them.”
“Sorry, but I don’t have any money… but you can pick all my apples and sell them. So, you will have money.”
The boy was so excited. He grabbed all the apples on the tree and left happily. The tree was happy.
The boy never came back after he picked the apples. The tree was sad.
One day, the boy who had turned into a man returned and the tree was excited.
"Come and play with me!” the tree said.
“I don’t have time to play. I have to work for my family. We need a house for shelter, can you help me?”
“Sorry, but I don’t have any house. But you can chop off my branches to build your house.”
So the man cut all the branches and left happily.
The tree was glad to see him happy but the man never came back since then.
The tree was again lonely and sad.
One hot summer day, the man returned and the tree was delighted.
“Come and play with me!” the tree said.
“I am getting old. I want to go sailing to relax myself. Can you give me a boat?” said the man.
“Use my trunk to build your boat,” the tree said. “You can sail faraway and be happy.”
So the man cut the tree trunk to make a boat. He went sailing and never showed up for a long time.
The tree was happy, but it was not the truth.
Finally, the man returned after so many years.
“Sorry my boy, but I don’t have anything for you anymore. No more apples for you...” The tree said.
“No problem, I don't have any tooth to bite it anyway…” the man replied.
“I really cannot give you anything… the only thing left is my dying roots,” the tree said with tears.
“I don't need much now, just a place to rest. I am tired after all these years.” The man replied.
“Good! 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…
Every body has apple trees in their life, and they are your parents. No matter how busy you are, share some time with your parents.
Happy Valentine's Day!