A Touching Story

Pencil: I’m sorry

Eraser: For what? You didn’t do anything wrong.
Pencil: I’m sorry because you get hurt because of me. Whenever I made a mistake, you’re always there to erase it. But as you make my mistakes vanish, you lose a part of yourself. You get smaller and smaller each time.
Eraser: That’s true. But I don’t really mind. You see, I was made to do this. I was made to help you whenever you do something wrong. Even though one day, I know I’ll be gone and you’ll replace me with a new one, I’m actually happy with my job. So please, stop worrying. I hate seeing you sad.
I found this conversation between the pencil and the eraser very inspirational.
Parents are like the eraser whereas their children are the pencil. They’re always there for their children, cleaning up their mistakes. Sometimes along the way, they get hurt, and become smaller / older, and eventually pass on.
Though their children will eventually find someone new (spouse), but parents are still happy with what they do for their children, and will always hate seeing their precious ones worrying, or sad. All my life, I’ve been the pencil.
And it pains me to see the eraser that is my parents getting smaller and smaller each day. For I know that one day, all that I’m left with would be eraser shavings and memories of what I used to have.

Moral: We never know the love of our parents for us till we have become parents.

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73 Responses to A Touching Story

  1. kale Brown August 18, 2014 at 2:08 PM #

    Dear Sara, I beg to differ on your inference about Parents being ERASERS and the children, PENCILS.
    I would rather go for CORPORATE EMPLOYERS as PENCILS and the EMPLOYEES as ERASERS.
    Employees work their lives out on jobs and get replaced by the Companies when they are spent and retired.
    What do you think?

  2. mohammed April 30, 2014 at 12:48 PM #

    Realy ture and touching Story

  3. Khan sab September 25, 2013 at 2:59 PM #

    Sana and sara this is amazing story, god bless u.

    • Sana - Editor FFJ September 25, 2013 at 4:10 PM #

      Aameen. Thank You. Glad you liked it 🙂

  4. B K VENUGOPAL July 29, 2013 at 10:56 AM #

    Heart touching story, most of us feel regret for having NOT given required attention / time to our parents as we grow up.

    • Ali - Admin July 30, 2013 at 2:27 PM #

      Rightly said.

  5. raghu,reddy June 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM #

    These are all funny yar….coz all parents are do there responsibalities oly..not oly parents even every one on this earth will live for their needs oly not for others….Love,care & frindship these are all obtained & given oly when ever we feel…means all are live in selfish….live for selfish…but we must and should respect our seniors and parents otherwise definitely we will take punish from nature…

  6. Muhammad Riaz April 28, 2013 at 12:59 AM #

    Very well said, Sara. Really a heart touching story. Thanks for sending this.

    Best Regards,


  7. Mohammad Younus April 27, 2013 at 7:15 PM #

    Dear Sara,

    I saw in dream my parents, and we all were weaping together, Its really a heart touching story, even
    if i saw in dreams to my parents i weap. Yes you are right They are erasers, we are all pencils.
    we do mistake and they forgive us. The Great Great God also will forgive us Inshallah like our parents, at the time of judgement. This is my request to our pencils to take care our erasers that is our parents.
    They should not tell to their parents even “UFF” In Quran Allah Subhanahu wa Tala instructed us.
    Your Brother in Islam

  8. HAASSAN April 27, 2013 at 12:28 PM #

    Really inspirational! May ALLAH bless on our parents

  9. folashade March 19, 2013 at 7:19 PM #

    very touching indeed,there is NOTHING that can be compare with the LOVE of our parents,they are so so so special and thats why it is said that PARADISE LIES AT THE FEET OF THE MOTHER,sweet Mother.

  10. sajitha March 8, 2013 at 8:48 AM #

    very very true…..going through the experience of being a eraser

    • Wilson March 15, 2013 at 11:55 AM #

      Very inspirational

    • Ali - Admin March 17, 2013 at 3:40 PM #

      Experience is the best Teacher.
      Thanks for contributing Sajitha.

  11. dom john February 21, 2013 at 11:22 PM #

    Thank u Sara. really happening………….i am the eraser.

    • Ali - Admin March 18, 2013 at 6:41 PM #

      Welcome John.

  12. Ahmed Elgebaly January 8, 2013 at 12:39 AM #


  13. lamis December 28, 2012 at 12:45 AM #

    very touchable story

  14. SHUAIB K.O December 9, 2012 at 12:55 PM #

    Whao! What a simple way of passing a very important message. Sara U are really doing a great job. Keep it up!

  15. ziena December 7, 2012 at 9:58 AM #

    sara it is great , it make me crying because i am the eraser now

  16. Maestro October 1, 2012 at 11:43 PM #

    It, really, is inspirational Good work Sara. Keep up. Thank you very much.

  17. Pritpal Singh Jhutti September 27, 2012 at 12:14 PM #

    That was really nice sara
    You conveyed such a beautiful message in such a simple way.
    Thank You

  18. Ayman El Hassan September 8, 2012 at 1:03 PM #

    Very True Story .. I loved it
    Thank you

  19. winnie August 1, 2012 at 1:48 PM #

    oooh! dats very touching Sara and inspirational too i’ve been a pencil myself now I’m an eraser.

  20. kabela June 27, 2012 at 11:55 PM #

    Thank you sara for this story. I have five pencils and It is pleasure for me to be a erase

    • Sara - Admin June 28, 2012 at 12:43 PM #

      Nice to know that.

  21. Lilian June 1, 2012 at 2:35 PM #

    I love you dearly mum n dad.

  22. um mustafa May 20, 2012 at 2:35 PM #

    Very nice……I like it….Allah bless you Dear Sara

  23. um mustafa May 20, 2012 at 2:31 PM #

    very nice….I like it …..Allah bless you Sara

  24. Bal May 18, 2012 at 4:54 PM #

    This is true your parents are a blessing from Allah no matter how wrong you do they forgive you.

  25. Haider May 1, 2012 at 5:39 PM #

    So touching….
    The love of parents is like the splashing waves that clean up the shore always returning back, to give more and more

  26. nasiru hamza April 25, 2012 at 3:06 PM #

    Thanks Sara for always keeping us informed. The Pencil/Eraser story is amazingly true.

  27. Dr. Md. Golam Mostafa April 22, 2012 at 9:44 AM #

    This is one of the natural laws that Allaah has created and imparted to human being including other animals. To make the law of love between parents and children easily understood, the example of pencil and eraser is quite appropriate and is a continuous process. Thanks to the writer who has written this story to make us understand the moral.

  28. MSalim April 21, 2012 at 1:54 PM #


    Fantastic. It is a true reflection of our lives.
    You are amazing. Keep it up.

    Have a good day.


  29. Ere April 16, 2012 at 4:37 PM #

    its actually a wisdom that requires to be treasured no matter what angers the pencil always a second thought of the eraser that nutured and cleaned all the rubbish made by the pencil. eraser is a treasure. And what ur spouse cant do most times the eraser can comfortably do it for the pencil without complaints because our parents love is greater.

  30. Amit Shroff April 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM #


  31. Najla Ahrari April 10, 2012 at 4:12 PM #

    It is very true

  32. M Mehdi Ansari April 9, 2012 at 1:15 PM #

    Dear Sara So true No one can replace them and they donot mind how you behave with them but they always prey for your GOOD Mehdi Ansari

  33. skybeen March 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM #

    i repeatedly appreciate your staff members for such a good story…..

  34. skybeen March 17, 2012 at 3:17 PM #

    the great story and the greatest idea of story teller

  35. ayman March 16, 2012 at 6:35 PM #

    without doubt behind all these stories you sent to all of us ,a great wonderful group ,I would like to thank all of you .you are wonderful SARA

  36. Haider Abidi March 16, 2012 at 1:20 PM #

    There are some laws of nature. God assigned different duties to
    each. If any one fails partly or completely to perform given assignment
    the nature reject him or her.

  37. Nizamhm March 10, 2012 at 3:47 AM #

    If we use the eraser too much, one day we will lose the eraser and there wont be any one to erase our wrongs. So make use the eraserscarefully until the life time of the pencil.

    • Dr. Md. Golam Mostafa April 22, 2012 at 9:59 AM #

      Dear Nizam,

      Thank you very much for your important comment. Uses of too much of any thing are unacceptable and costly, and you have rightly pointed out the point. Parents should be educated enough to understand the psychology of their children and make them corrected their wrong doings. Too much control may sometimes causes children to be spoiled, to be corrupted, to be disloyal, to be unfriendly, and overall to be produced unexpected results.

      Best regards,
      Dr. Mostafa

  38. Rehanaisaani March 8, 2012 at 10:39 AM #

    We never know the love of our parents for us till we have become parents.so true very very nice. thanks sara

    • Sara March 9, 2012 at 10:22 AM #

      Rightly said.

  39. Nisar Ali March 5, 2012 at 4:38 AM #

    nice storry, may ALLAH bless our parents with all his blessings and bless them with a happy & healthy long life.

  40. Www Alamal 00 March 4, 2012 at 3:15 AM #

    Great story .. Ipray Allah save my mum and dad they are my life ..i can not live without them ..

  41. Hasan March 3, 2012 at 9:44 AM #

    Simply awesome…:)

  42. Aslaiq March 3, 2012 at 7:51 AM #

    Really touchy.  Represents true facts of life.  An eye opener for those whose parents are still alive.  For those unfortunate, like me it is too late to make any correction since the parents are no more!

  43. Ramadan February 21, 2012 at 7:58 AM #

    I have never appreciated my parent’s sacrifices, until I became a parent. So now I pray to God they would forgive all my mistakes and denial.

  44. Aboki October 11, 2011 at 11:08 AM #

    Jazakallahu Khairan!

  45. YusefQasemQufaanAl-Yemeni October 8, 2011 at 6:31 PM #

    So true, wonderful story that keeps us alert to remember our parents nd help them as they did to us!

  46. Dori October 8, 2011 at 5:50 PM #

    This is so true, I was the pencil and now I am the eraser…..

  47. Dori October 8, 2011 at 5:50 PM #

    This is so true, I was the pencil and now I am the eraser…..

  48. Abier October 8, 2011 at 12:22 PM #

    oh my god i love my parents so much! <3
    even when i find the one i love, he won't be able to replace my parents! no one will be able to do so…

    • S. A. Marshal October 13, 2011 at 6:43 AM #

      I agree no one can the parents but think deeply….there are some who parents too cannot replace……..

      • Abier October 13, 2011 at 7:47 AM #

        yeah that’s right 🙂

  49. Name December 30, 2010 at 1:46 AM #

    laillah ilallah. I can neva eva tink of doin dat 2 ma mum. I pray Allah swa dosnt test any of us wit dis .ameen

  50. Ro0ona December 28, 2010 at 5:16 PM #

    SO TRUE!