A father is seated on his sofa holding the result of his son with worried face. The name of his son is Jack. He shouts to call his son who comes taking slow steps. He is looking down.

The conversation starts!

The father: what is this? I did not expect this result.

Jack: Dad, I have said I am not good in science. I want to be a painter.

The father (shouts): shut your mouth! I want you to be an engineer and you would be so. I do not want to hear any excuses. (Tries to make his voice soften) My dream was to be an engineer. Due to some reasons I could not do it. I hope you will do it for me!

Jack: But dad! What about my dream?

The father (furious now): your dream? You want to be a painter? Do you know what the status of an engineer is? Could you imagine the salary of an engineer?

Jack: I know dad. I would not be able to earn much money. But I would feel satisfied. Is satisfaction nothing? I will be happy dad! I know, I am not good in science and I would be a bad engineer. I like to paint. Let me do what I like. Please dad!  

The father: what about my happiness? What about my dream? It means your father is nothing for you? I would be happy to see you as an engineer. It is final. You may go to your room now.

Jack is now alone is his room. He is pondering, “I cannot make my father’s dream come true and he would not let me do what I want. If I try to be an engineer, I would be cheating myself and If I try to be a painter, I would be making my father disappointed. What should I do?"

Hi EC members!

I can end this story in following three ways as I think:

  1. Jack decides to be an engineer.
  2. Jack decides to be a painter.
  3. Jack decides to suicide.

What do you all think?

What should he do?

Is there any other way which I cannot think?

Please  help me to finish my story!


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Comment by Seeker on March 20, 2014 at 6:07


Nice continuation!

Comment by saba on March 14, 2014 at 17:06

Hi Seeker,

The next morning, Jack woke up, he was very sad, and told his mother that he was going to his grandmother's house at village. On the way he found some beans, when he reached his grandmother's house, he planted the beans in the yard, the beans grew quickly and became a high bean stalk, Jack went up the bean stalk and reached a very beautiful land. He painted some beautiful pictures and brought them to his city and sold them in high prices.

His father was very happy at this and had nothing to say.

Ten years later, Jack has become a famous and rich painter, people come and see his picture gallery.

Comment by Seeker on February 1, 2014 at 6:57

Thanks for your comment!
Comment by Ehab Nassif on January 31, 2014 at 18:05


Each one come to his room and ask God for the answer . God will choose and they will be happy  and then they thanked God 

Comment by Seeker on January 28, 2014 at 5:12


Very nice end of the story!

the statement of the mother is funny! haha

Comment by NH on January 27, 2014 at 17:34

jack is thinking : come on man, can't u sacrifice ur obsession for ur father , after all a father can't think bad for his son ........i'm gonna become a engineer 

father is thinking : come on man, y r u imposing something onto ur son, u hv lived ur life in ur way , let him live his life in his own way...........i'm gonna support him on his decision.

next day,

father: i don't want u to be a engineer , u must become a painter ...

son: i don't wanna be a painter , i wanna be an engineer ... 

mother : no one is going to be a painter or an engineer..

jack i want u to be a doctor......my joints are starting to become stiff in the early morning  , i think i'm getting Rheumatoid Arthritis .

Comment by shiny on January 27, 2014 at 7:11

Such things usually happen in people's life.They will find a solution as all the others found.The only cure of this confliction is time.By the time,either father will learn that to see his son's self confidence and satisfaction is more important than his own ambition or the son will be mature enough to see that his father's logical advice can help him lead  more comfortable life.The only necessity is love and to let the time find the solution.Here,to think about his son's goodness is father's responsibilty and if he has the ability to have emphaty he would deal with this problem.Thanks for sharing this blog.

Comment by Seeker on January 27, 2014 at 7:06


very nice solution!

Comment by Seeker on January 27, 2014 at 7:06


thanks for your comments!

Comment by noaslpls on January 27, 2014 at 7:00

Suicide is not the solution. It may ends the suffering of one person, but it will magnify the suffering of another person ten-folds. 

Look at this way, Jack can satisfy his father by being an Engineer since an Engineer is also a painter, in a sense. 

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