The Apple Tree and
Shared by: Terence Lee
This is truth
of life… spend some time to read and think about it…
There was a boy who loved to play with the apple tree.
He would eat
the apples when he was hungry and took a nap under the
shade when he was tired.
He loved the
tree and the tree was 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 do not play around a tree anymore”
replied the boy.
“I want toys. I need money to buy them,” he requested.
“Sorry, I do not have money… but you can pick all my
apples and sell them,” suggested the tree.
The boy was so excited. He plucked all the apples
on the tree and left happily.
The tree was happy too.
The boy never returned after picking the apples. The
tree was sad.
One day the boy, now 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, I do not have any house. But you can cut
off my branches to build your house.”
The man cut all the branches and left happily.
The tree was glad to see him happy.
The man never returned since then. The tree was
again lonely and sad.
One hot summer day, the man returned and the tree was
“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?” the man
“Use my trunk to build your boat,” the tree suggested,
“You can sail far away and be happy.”
So the man cut the tree trunk to build his boat. He went sailing and never returned for a
The tree was happy, but this was not exactly true…
Finally, the man returned after many years.
“Sorry my boy,
I have nothing for you now… no more apples for you to
no more branches for you to swing… and no more
trunk for you to climb,” the tree said.
“I do not have any teeth to bite… I am too old to swing
and climb on you now,” the man replied.
“I really cannot give you anything… the only thing left
is my dying roots,” the tree said with tears.
“I do not need
much now, just a place to rest. I am tired after
all these years,” the man said.
“Good! Old tree roots are the best place to lean and
rest on. Come and sit down with me and rest.”
The man sat down and the tree was glad and smiled with
Everyone has an apple tree in his life… it is your
No matter how busy you are, share some time with them.
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