Once a boy was told that he should be a responsible adult. The boy asked for a dog and the father said he could have a flower. If he could keep it alive, he would consider it. The boy tended to the flower night and day, keeping it alive for weeks. The boy told his father that we kept it alive, so the father said he could have a fish. The boy kept the fish alive for years and told his father. His father gave him a dog and told him to keep it alive. The boy tended to the dog for fifteen years and told his father. His father said you have much tending to still do. The boy wanted freedom and his father watched him go away to school. After four years he told his father. Growing sick, his father told him to go out into the real world and find love. After a few months, the boy found love and told his father. His father was too weak to listen, so the son tended to his father. After a few weeks, the boy couldn’t tend to his father any more. The boy became a man. He knows what his father would have said, “You still have tending to do.” The man had a son and was asked about a dog. He smiled.