“What is my future?”- A 12-year Old Asked His Astrologer Father, to Which He Had Some Epic Replies.
“What is my future, Pa?”- Yash asked his father, very politely. As convent education lies in polite answering and societal mannerism, it was a delight for Pa to watch him being raised this way.
“How old are you?” Pa cross-questioned.
Though astrologer by profession, he was more of a philosopher.
“Uhh….12, but you know that.” Yash replied, though confused.
1- “I didn’t ask your age, I asked how much have you lived.”
It was a lot for a 12-year mind to comprehend.
Pa continued, “For you to forecast the length of your future, you shall first know the length that is already spent.”
“How do I know that?” Yash curiously interrogated.
His curiosity was about to elevate, just as Pa leaned toward his scripture and a few of Yash’s ephemeris.
After staring for just a fraction of a jiff, he spoke- “Congrats, you haven’t officially begun your life.”
Yash was amazed and a bit mad at Pa too. He had learnt all about the living beings and a few anatomical terms in his school. He even knew how even the static looking Plants respire and have a life.
With a sense of being tricked, he asked: “What is life, and when does it begin?”
2- “You can’t attain everything- with that regard nobody has officially begun his life.”
Now Yash was perplexed. When he came to the closet he was all enthusiastic about getting to know his future. Pa’s wordings were no more than a vague preaching to him.
“I am an astrologer, son. Though I can say my experience will suit you more than my learnings about the positioning of celestial bodies.”
Having mind-read his son, he carried on after a pause:
“You might wish to know about the length of your life or amount of money you may have. You may also summon me anytime to ramble about your wife and also the kids you will be raising. I can tell you all of that, I’m not kidding. But, for one thing to be clear of is that you’ll never ask me whether will you or will you not be satisfied with all of it…”
3- “…,which is why Astrology is a perfect profession!”
Yash was now scratching the muddy floor. Most of the Indian rural households have floors typically made of wet yet supportive clay. Having mud accumulated in the nails, he went on to remove it with the help of other cleaner nails. In context of his act, Pa stated-
“Do not let your good get suffered by your bad.” He continued:
“When you keep hot water in a broad container, it cools sooner…”
4- “…and your future depends upon your choice- Whether to be narrow and get aged; or be broad to live more.”
Yash wished maybe he could’ve been honest and left the closet ASAP. For him, the vague wisdom wasn’t worth being all ears. However, the teachings about being sensitive and respectful of the elderly were the ones who kept him patient.
“Pa, I have one last question.” He smartly put his intentions.
“Nothing lasts forever, sonny. So, you shall ask straightaway.” Witty Pa just outshone him.
With a sense of embarrassment, he said: “Why are you keeping it complex and roundabout? Why ain’t you getting to the point? Is it a sin to know our future beforehand?”
5- “Your Pa isn’t in your ‘future’, son. So take as much of him as you can until he is alive…”
It was an emotional quote to be versed. A distant son-father relationship was ironically too close, since leaving that closet while pretending to be unaffected was evidently the hardest thing that Yash ever had to do. Just as he reached the doorstep, he saw his Pa getting back to the customer memorandums with the same emotion as before. He suddenly realised, Pa had gone uncanningly weaker than the last occasion he visited him. Since then, philosophy hasn’t been the same to him anymore.
The End 🙂