Today, in the morning for a good reason my husband remembered a story that his mom used to tell him and he to me. It was not the first time I had heard it but, always love to hear that again and again like a kid. Its a story with so much depth and it can sound so funny, the way my husband narrate's it. After you have finished laughing, the mind is still pondering on it.
Here's the story:
It seems that initially god gave 40 years of lifespan to each of the man, the dog, the donkey , and the monkey. The dog, donkey and monkey felt that 40 years of life was too much for them. What were they going to do with it? While man said..40 years is too short for me for a life, I need more. So, god took 20 years of life each from the donkey, the dog and the monkey and gave it to the man. It is said that one lives a life of a human being up until they are 40 years. You are doing everything for yourself. You take care of yourself, you look good. No responsibilities.
At 40 years man enters the donkey's stage of life. Until he is 60 years, he is said to be in this stage. He slogs like a donkey during this period, working hard for his kids..educating them, raising them, getting them a decent education so, they will be able to support themselves later, is worried about getting his kids married and settled. No where during this period he had time to care for himself. This is supposed to be the peak time of a man's life when it comes to responsibilities.
At 60 years, he enters the stage of a dog's life where he is almost retired and home most of the time. Like a loyal dog, he is guarding the house for his children, taking care of his grandchildren. He is in this stage until he is 80.
At 80 years, he enters the stage of a monkey's life. Have you seen a monkey sitting vacant, turning their heads this way and that, starring around, scratching his head, moving their empty jaws and have nothing to do. Well, that's the stage the man is in until he passes away.
Last night as he was talking to his parents like every other night..He was telling his mom.."Mom, I will officially be entering the stage of the donkey in another 2 months." He said this profound statement in such levity.