Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Comment - Jay­ati Goel (In­ner Voice com­prises con­tri­bu­tions from our read­ers The views ex­pressed are per­sonal) in­ner­voice@hin­dus­tan­

A lit­tle boy wanted to meet god. He knew it was a long trip to where god lived, so he packed his suit­case with a lot of sweets and a six-pack of root beer and started his jour­ney.

When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old woman. She was sit­ting in the park, star­ing at some pi­geons. The boy sat down next to her. He no­ticed that the old lady looked hun­gry, so he of­fered her a sweet. She grate­fully ac­cepted it and smiled at him. Her smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he of­fered her a root beer. Once again she smiled at him. The boy was de­lighted!

They sat all af­ter­noon eat­ing and smil­ing, but they never said a word. As it grew dark, the boy got up to leave. But, be­fore he had gone, he ran back to the woman and gave her a hug. She gave him the big­gest smile ever.

When the boy re­turned home, his mother was sur­prised to see the joy on his face. She asked him, “What did you do to­day that made you so happy?” He replied, “I had lunch with god. And she’s got the most beau­ti­ful smile.”

Mean­while, the old woman, too, ra­di­ant with joy, re­turned home. When her son asked her about the look of hap­pi­ness on her face, she replied, “I ate sweets in the park with god.”

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