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The Shepherd: A Short Story

Popularity 4Viewed 1338 times 2017-5-6 23:55 |System category:Life| harmonious, political, families, country, parties

This is a story of a boy who enjoyed a happy life during his first five years in life. Just like other kids in the neighborhood, Omar was born and rise in a harmonious family, surrounded by a deep love from his parents, except for the fact that his family was not as prosperous as other families. Unlike other people in his village, Omar's family had no farm or cattle that his family could depend on for food and income.

His father dogmatically supported one of the political parties in the country. The war broke out between the south and the north and his political party was defeated. As a result he fled the country, even though he could stay and live a simple and quiet life. He believed that the new dominant political regime is not suitable for the country and chose to go to one of the neighboring countries, leaving behind his family of three sons. He promised that he will go and find a job and provide them with what they need in life. He left them with their tears forming in their eyes.

I wished that He didn’t leave us, Omar said. I hoped that he could stay and make me feel loved and enjoy my childhood as a toddler just like other kids.

Alas, He left us to be burnt in the fire of unjust world; He left us to encounter our destiny. I never imagined that my loving father will turn a blind eye to our suffering and his soft heart will become so hard that we will no longer reach.

The mother struggled with rising children, working in the neighbor's farms, helping them farming and harvesting, and get some crops and fruit for her kids and keep them fed. She has always kept the slightest hope in her heart that her beloved husband will send her a letter telling her about his whereabouts or one day he will come back and lift that burden off her shoulder and cast it away.

Omar realized that he was the eldest son and it's his responsibility to share the load with his mother, he knew that the only way to defeat suffering is education and also the best way to overcome all the barriers. He went school and studied very hard. Unlike other children, every day after school, he sits beside the school's gate selling snacks to students while doing his homework and helps his mother looking after the sheep when there was no school on Fridays.

As the years passed and Omar went to the middle school, no news from his father yet, but hopes of his return or hearing from him never went never went away. As Omar grew up, his responsibilities became bigger each passing day, especially when his mother was diagnosed with heart disease. Her only wish was only to meet her husband again not to get revenge for abandoning them but to admonish him about his obligations. Her health declined far more than Omar could have imagined. Omar used all means possible to rescue his mother but death was so quick and unmerciful. He used to sit down alone sometimes and ask some questions , why all these sufferings , why god allows me to suffer and take the responsibility of other people , why a child like me can't live and enjoy life just like other children.

Omar thought that the only way to relive himself and support his two younger brothers is by studying hard and get a scholarship and go abroad for his further studies, since he can get some living allowance from the government and can spare some of his allowance to support his brother to complete their education. He wanted to go abroad, into the medical school and become a cardiothoracic heart surgeon. He wanted to beat off that disease that killed his mother before his very eyes. He finally achieved what he wanted and went to one of the western countries, he also met his life partner in college and after graduation, they decided to go back home and operate a hospital. Omar became very famous not only as surgeon but also for his kindness and lending a helping hand to the poor and people who suffer from the same disease that took his mother from his life. One of his brothers become a novelist and the other one a physicist.     

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Reply Report seneca 2017-5-7 15:12
And maybe Omar will find his father again.
Reply Report arabchinalover 2017-5-7 15:58
seneca: And maybe Omar will find his father again.
That might be in the next part of the story !
Reply Report seneca 2017-5-7 17:46
So this is a story in instalments?
Reply Report arabchinalover 2017-5-7 17:51
seneca: So this is a story in instalments?
I am trying to write and maybe I will continue the story. I am also planning to write a novel based on my experiences in life .
Reply Report parcher 2017-5-7 18:05
happy ending
Reply Report seneca 2017-5-7 22:34
arabchinalover: I am trying to write and maybe I will continue the story. I am also planning to write a novel based on my experiences in life .
A novel? That is fiction. Your lie should be told in memoirs. That is a very popular genre too.
Reply Report arabchinalover 2017-5-7 23:56
seneca: A novel? That is fiction. Your lie should be told in memoirs. That is a very popular genre too.
No ! It has to be a novel not a fiction! Based on facts !
Reply Report HailChina! 2017-5-8 10:25
Its all well and god but people like this do not fix the world. The world is still bad. Omar is just part of it. And living well. He is complicit. The so-called 'educated' will never fix the world. They will live nice lives themselves and get paid to do some good sure - but they won't ever fix things. I hate people like Omar.

You educated people make me sick. At the end of the day you are the problem not the solution. The best educated people are ones in places like Cuba and ....
Reply Report arabchinalover 2017-5-9 14:43
HailChina!: Its all well and god but people like this do not fix the world. The world is still bad. Omar is just part of it. And living well. He is complicit. The ...
In your opinion, what is the best way to get the world fixed . To be burned to death and rise from ashes ? If this is the case , who will take this responsibility?
Reply Report HailChina! 2017-5-9 16:30
arabchinalover: In your opinion, what is the best way to get the world fixed . To be burned to death and rise from ashes ? If this is the case , who will take this re ...
I will burn it.

And I don't hate educated people personally. I hope you understand what I was saying. I have educated people in my family even. I don't personally hate them. And I understand that it is beyond most to bring about significant change.

But yeah, I have made peace with my own family being destroyed in a nuke strike due to my actions. If it is for the greater good then I am OK with it. I am a regular Publicus.
Reply Report arabchinalover 2017-5-9 16:39
HailChina!: I will burn it.

And I don't hate educated people personally. I hope you understand what I was saying. I have educated people in my family even. I do ...
I am curious what was involved in the peace treaty you signed with your family , did you threaten them to use intercontinental missiles or biological weapons ? Oh hell yeah, tough economical sanctions worked better !
Reply Report HailChina! 2017-5-9 20:05
arabchinalover: I am curious what was involved in the peace treaty you signed with your family , did you threaten them to use intercontinental missiles or biological  ...
# Publius I mean.

I am not at war with my family but I want a world war to occur. So I have to think all of this stuff out before I would be willing to contribute to bring world war about. Economic sanctions wont work. There needs to be a final war.

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