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Short Stories (Stories for the Youth), book by Father Tadros Yacoub Malaty

275- A Persons Opinion of his Father Image: A father and his son, fatherhood صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أب وابنه، والد، الأبوة Image: A father and his son, fatherhood.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أب وابنه، والد، الأبوة.

Many children complain of their parents in their confessions. An eleven-year-old girl who had bitter feelings toward her mother, came to make confession. She said, Many times I feel that my mother doesnt treat me like a mother. For example, whenever I want to wear a certain dress, inside I dont feel like wearing it if my mother tells me to wear it. Unconsciously, I behave differently from what she expects me to do. I feel that shes from a past generation which has thoughts that are backward in thinking.

That reminded me of what a person usually says about his father at different ages,

4 years old, Youre my father who can do anything.

5 years old, Youre my father who is very knowledgeable.

6 years old, Father, the sweetest dad in the world.

8 years old, Father, you doesnt know everything as it should be.

10 years old, Father, when you were my age, things were completely different from today. Your experience doesnt fit into our era.

12 years old, Father, you dont remember everything. You must have forgot your childhood, you forgot that you were once a boy facing all the issues that I face.

14 years old, Father, youre from a backward thinking era.

21 years old, Who is my father? Oh my God, I dont see anything good in my father.

25 years old, My father knows very little.

30 years old, I need to consult with my father because I benefit from his experience and how he dealt with the issues that Im facing. Hes so wise and he carries a whole world of experience.

50 years old, I dont deserve to be the son to my wise father. Im sad because I didnt appreciate the fact that my father was intelligent. I could have benefited more from him.

→ English translation of the story here at ما يقوله الإنسان عن أبيه.

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