My friend Laila was slowly recovering from a heart attack. “Doctor,” she pleaded with her cardiologist, “you must help me live for the next three years. I want to attend my first grandchild’s graduation.”
“We’ll try our best, rest is upto God” he replied compassionately.
In due course Laila gratefully attended the graduation.
Some time later she again spoke to her doctor. “My grand-daughter is to be married in 6 months. Please help me to be able to attend her wedding.”
“We’ll do our best,” he replied.
And my friend happily attended her granddaughter’s wedding.
5 years passed. Laila visited her cardiologist regularly and followed his instructions carefully. One morning she called him. “Doctor,” she began, “I’m feeling fine, but I have another request to ask of you: Remember how you saw me through to my grandson’s graduation?”
“And later how you helped me attend my grand-daughter’s wedding?”
“Well, as you know I’ve just celebrated my 70th birthday. And I just bought myself a new washing machine.”
“It has a 10-year guarantee…”