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The Old Man and the Durian Tree

 

            In a very quiet little village, lived an old man whose age was over 80 years old. He was planting a durian tree when a neighbor observed him.
            The neighbor asked the old man, “Do you expect to eat durian from that tree? The durian tree will take about 8 years to bear fruit”.

            The old man rested on his spade and smiled. He said, “No, at my age I know I won’t. All my life I have been enjoying durians, but never from a tree I have planted before. I wouldn’t have had durians if other men haven’t done what I’m doing now. I am just trying to pay the other men who have planted durians for me.

            “No, wonder he looked so happy”. We should give first and can get something in returen. We will not only get wha we want to but will actually be really happy in the end, because we need to sow first before we can reap.

(Taken From Gudang Lengkap Soal Bahasa Inggris SMA/MA page 23)