Once upon a time, there lived a wise and witty old man Jack. He was courageous and very fond of nature. He celebrated his 100th birthday with his entire family.
Jack had a fabulous habit of planting a tree every year on his birthday. He used to plant a variety of flower-bearing trees and fruit-bearing trees. He was having a massive garden in his home. To celebrate the century, he planted a fig plant, his most favorite fruit.
The emperor who passed by his home was surprised to see this old man planting a fig tree. He asked his soldier to bring the old man to his court and talked him!
"Dear old-timer, I was pleased and surprised as you were planting a fig tree! I wish you could have planted the fig tree when you were young. I guess you are now in your 90s and there is little hope that you shall taste the fruits from this tree."
Jack replied, "My Lord, yes I'm aware of it. I'm 100 years old now. I just planted the fig tree to celebrate my 100th birthday. And this is not the first tree I'm planting. I have planted more than 1000 trees in my whole life! I still have faith and hope that I shall live for at least 10 years to taste the fruits borne by this tree after a decade. If not, I will let my tree be enjoyed by my family and neighbors!"
The emperor was happy to hear that and hugged the old man Jack. He said, "You are such an adorable person. Just come back to me if you are still with us after years with a basket of figs. I would love to see you again!"
Jack thanked the emperor and left the place.
After a decade, the fig tree started to have ripe fruits. Jack was happy and tasted the first ripen fruit. It was very delicious. The old man recalled the king's words and picked the choicest fruits, filled a basket, and carried to the palace.
The king was informed that an old man came with a basket of figs, he recalled the words he uttered to the old man and happily welcomed him. He enjoyed the figs provided by the old man. The king ordered his minister to fill the basket with emerald, diamonds, Sapphires and asked his soldiers to drop the old man at his home. The grandpa was happy!
Hard work and hope will always be honored.