The Boy and the Apple Tree

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A long time ago, there was a huge apple tree A Little boy loved to come and play around it everyday. He would climb to the tree top, eat the
apples and take a nap under the shadow... he loved the tree and the tree loved to play with him.

lime went by.,. the little boy grew up and no longer played around the tree every day. One day, the boy came back to the tree and he looked
sad,

"Come and play with me," the tree asked the boy.
"I am no longer a kid N I do not play around trees any more," the boy replied. "I want toys. I need money to buy them."

"Sorry, but I do not have money,., hut 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 boy never came back after he had picked the apples. The tree was sad.

One day, the boy who now had turned into a man returned and the tree was excited,
"Come and play with me," the tree said.
"I do not have time to play, I have to work for my family. We need a house for shelter. Can you help me?"
"Sorry, but I do not have any house. 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 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?" asked the man,
"Use my trunk to build your boat. You can sail far away and be happy." So the man cut the tree trunk to make a hoar. He went sailing and never showed up for a long time.

Finally, the man returned after many years.
"Sorry, my boy, but I do not have anything for you anymore. No more apples for you.." the tree said.
"No problem, I do not have any teeth to bite" the man replied,

"No more trunk for you to climb on."
"I am too old for that now," the man said.
"I really cannot give you anything., . the only thing left, are my dying root," the tree said with rears.
'I do not 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. . .

The world is full of deception; only the most trusted friends and relatives are the ones we can rely on. Parents are the gift of" Allah (SWT)
and can he relied on most o( all; we must be grateful to them and nor leave them when we think we don't need them.


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