Once upon a time, the children were seeing their parents
The five-year old boy asked his elder sister, “Why is
The seven-year old sister replied, “Papa cannot hear.”
The little brother again asked, “Why is papa shouting?”
The sister replied, “Mommy cannot hear.”
The little brother ran out of the house. The sister also
followed her brother. When both of them were outside, the
brother shouted, “Mommy”. The sister also shouted,
Hearing their children shout, the parents rushed outside.
The mother hugged them both while crying. The father
looked around uncomfortably. Thereafter, they all entered
When they were inside, the little brother again shouted,
“Mommy”. The sister also responded likewise and shouted,
The father told the children, “When you are standing
close to a person, you need not shout.”
The sister said, “You shout when mommy is close.”
The father looked at his wife, who looked back at him.
Both were embarrassed and did not know what to say. Then
the father hugged his daughter and said, “It was a mistake. I
forgot mommy was standing close to me. Now, nobody will
shout.” The mother tearfully hugged her son.
Excerpt from the book “Once Upon A Time: 100 Management Stories” by Rajen Jani