A child was crying loudly. His father was trying to
distract him to no avail. “I do not want to wear these
old worn-out shoes,” the child screamed inconsolably.
“All my classmates wear new pair of shoes. They run like
deer and laugh pointing at my shoes,” the child said
father was a poor man with limited means. He wanted his
child to be happy and contended with whatever he had,
but assured that he would get a new pair of shoes the
next month. When the child was adamant, the father told
the boy that he would get them repaired. The child felt
happy as he thought the cobbler won’t repair his shoes
as they were beyond repair.
They reached the cobbler’s place. “Do you play a lot
child”, asked the cobbler, smilingly. “I do, and just
let us know can you mend them or not”, the child asked
in a rude manner. “The shoes are still in good condition
and just need a quick fix,” the cobbler assured, looking
at the shoes appreciatively.
The child became very angry. He wanted to use harsh
words as the cobbler had spoiled his plans of buying new
shoes. He thought that now he could not persuade his
father into buying a new pair of shoes.
“Are there some jewels on my shoes that you are staring
at them for long,” the child screamed. “No, my child, I
used to play a lot before I lost both my legs in an
accident. But I do not feel subdued. I enjoy watching
young children like you and thank Him for these eyes,”
the cobbler replied calmly.
The child was shocked. He was staring at the cobbler and
his amputated legs. Suddenly he looked at the sky. His
eyes were moist and hands were open. It seemed as if he
was saying, “Thanks for everything.” The father smiled
“You have learnt an important lesson of life.” And the
two went home happily and contentedly.