Essay on The Son

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The Son



The Son

Years ago, there was a very wealthy man who, with his devoted son, shared a passion for
art collecting. Together they traveled around the world, adding only the finest art
treasures to their collection. Priceless works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet and many others
adorned the walls of the family estate.

The widowed elder man looked on with satisfaction, as his only child became an expienced
art collector. The son's trained eye and sharp business mind caused his father to beam
with pride as the dealt with art collectors around the world.

As winter approached, war engulfed the nation, and the young man left to serve his
country. After only a few short weeks, his father received a telegram. His beloved son was
missing in action. The art collector anxiously awaited more news, fearing he would neer
see his beloved son again.

Within days, his fears were confirmed. The young man had died while rushing a fellow soldier to a medic.
Distraught and lonely, the old man faced the upcoming Easter holidays with anguish and
sadness. The joy of the season, a season that he and his son had so looked forward to,
would visit his house no longer. On Easter morning, a knock on the door awakened the
depressed old man.

As he walked to the door, the masterpieces of art on the walls only reminded him that his
son was not coming home. As he opened the door, he was greeted by a soldier with a large
package in his hand. He introduced himself to the man by saying, "I was a friend of your
son. I was the one he was rescuing when he died. May I come in for a few moments? I have
something to show you."

As the two began to talk, the soldier told of how the man's son had told everyone of his
father's love of fine art. "I'm an artist," said the soldier, "and I want to give you
this." As the old man unwrapped the package, the paper gave way to reveal a portrait of
the man's son. Though the world would never consider it the work of a genius, the painting
featured the young man's face in striking detail. Overcome with emothion, the man thanked
the soldier, promising to hang the picture above the fireplace. A few hours later, after
the soldier had departed, the old man set about his task.

True to his word, the painting went above the fireplace, pushing aside thousands of
dollars of paintings. And then the man sat in his chair and spent Easter gazing at the
gift he had been given. During the days and weeks that folled, the man realized that even
though his son was no longer with him, the boy's life would live on because of those he
had touched. He would soon learn that his son had rescued dozens of wounded soldiers
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