Forgive And Forget
By Vincent Magro-Attard

An old man once had an argument with his only son. He tried to apologize
many times but the young man would not listen. The father never gave up
because he loved his son with all his heart, but the son would not give in,
because he was too blinded by his pride.

Years passed and as the man lay in his deathbed, he made a final attempt to
reconcile with his son, but still he would not listen and so the father died
with a heart full of grief.

During this time the son too had a child who had now grown up into a young
adult. To this child he never mentioned his father and when the young man
asked about his grandfather he would tell him never to mention him again.

One day, they too were both involved in a hot argument and his son fled away
as his father did many years before. The man was extremely saddened and this
time he had no pride, but felt completely isolated.

He was afraid that he had lost his son forever and for the first time after
many years he turned to God in prayer. At that moment something filled his
heart and he realized how his father must have felt many years back. He
remembered how he had hurt his old man and only at that point he realized
the extent of the hurt he had caused. The more he thought the more he
understood how unjust he was with his old father, the man who gave him
everything through out his life.

With these sad thoughts he felt asleep on the couch. Next morning when he
opened his eyes he found himself tucked in his bed and in front of him stood
his son. The man could not believe his eyes, and the two hugged each other
while they cried together.
After lots of apologies, the young man explained that up till the day before
he felt lots of hatred towards his father, but during the night he had a
strange dream that touched his heart. He dreamt that an old man was hugging
him, and as he embraced him, all his hatred turned into love. The old man
then told him to forgive and forget.

He then explained that as soon as he woke up he came running to his father's

At this point the man told his son that on the same night, he learnt an
important lesson, and how he had let his father down when he was younger.
The son wanted to know more about his grandfather who he never met or even
saw, and this was the most appropriate time.

The man went to an old bookshelf and fetched an old family album. He then
picked an old photograph of his father and when the son saw it, he remained
The son then explained that the man in the photograph was the same one he
dreamt of the night before.

Story written By Vincent Magro-Attard, Malta -