The Park

I had gone to the park to calm my anger down. The park was empty; there was nobody but me in there. But, in less than five minutes, an old lady of my grandmother’s age came

Jan 6, 2017-One fine, pleasant weekend, I was out in the park by myself. It was a beautiful autumn day, but I was very angry. I had just fought with my parents. They had once again failed to meet my demand. I don’t remember what it was that I asked for, but at that moment I felt like it was such a small wish that they didn’t bother to fulfil.

I had gone to the park to calm my anger down. The park was empty; there was nobody but me in there. But, in less than five minutes, an old lady of my grandmother’s age came to the park. She had sparkling eyes and a beautiful smile. She sat beside me on the bench and asked me, “What’s the matter dear? Why are you so angry?” 

At first I lied that everything was okay, but the old lady just knew something was bothering me, she asked again, “I know something is bothering you, what is it?” 

She was like my grandmother and I wanted to talk to someone, so I told her everything. I complained how I was not important to my parents and how they always overlooked my wishes. “They never understand”, I grumbled. Upon hearing me out, she just smiled and asked me, “You complain that they don’t understand you. But do you understand them? Does it ever cross your mind that maybe you don’t pay enough attention to their dreams, their desires that can only be fulfilled by you?” 

When she found me confused, she explained, “They are your parents. They have sacrificed so much just for your happiness. Look at your life in general, you have a proper shelter, you eat three proper meals per day, and you have a loving family. Yes, they might not have fulfilled a small request you made, but look at the bigger picture; they are already securing your future.” 

In that moment I realised how I was not thankful to my parents and how I was instead fighting over something so petty. I thanked the old lady for making me realise my mistake, “I will never forget what you taught me today.” She gave me a pat on the back and said, “That’s like a good girl. Now, go home, hug your parents, and tell them how much you love them. I promise everything will be okay.” I did exactly what she asked me to do. 

From that day on I became a different person and my life changed. Our family was happier. I still go to the park sometimes with the hope of seeing the old lady, but she is never there. I still sit on the same bench wishing she’d come across me again, but I have never seen her again. 

 

Amy Mainali

Grade 7

Reliance International Academy

Published: 06-01-2017 08:30

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