AN OLD MAN ONCE PLANTED AN OAK TREE in the garden of his home for his grandson. He watered the tree and looked after it every day along with his grandson, and showed the tree all their love and affection so it would grow tall with strong branches. As it is often the case, however, the tree’s trunk started bending so it could get more sunlight.
Seeing the trunk, the grandson thought the tree that his grandfather had planted was sick. To calm him down, the grandfather told him: “The Oaktree that withstands the wind loses its branches and when there’s nothing left, the trunk wilts and the tree dies. The oak that bends along the wind’s direction, however, grows strong roots and branches that never break”.
Many years passed, and the time came when the old man reached his final days. The grandson then kissed his father on the forehead and told him the final goodbye before his left his final breath on his bed. When the grandson went out of the shack, a wind so strong blew that it carried along the roofs of the houses. The trees lost their leaves, and many branches that broke were carried over by the blizzard, breaking the glass windows of many buildings and causing all sorts of damage as a result.
The grandson then went to the garden to hide, seeking refuge in a storehouse that was built of thick stone. To avoid the dust blinding him, he even covered his eyes and patiently waited until the blizzard’s wailing stopped. When he opened them again, he was met with an unbelievable sight: all the trees, small and big, had lost all their leaves. Most had broken branches, whereas others were completely rootless.
The only tree that was still standing with its full foliage was the oak tree the grandfather had given to him as a present.