His Great Attention

The Seventeenth Story

I had bought some chicks for my kids. Ayatollah Bahjat liked the kids to keep domestic pets instead of having dolls.
When he found out about chicks, he kept saying, “Take care of them.” He also inquired about them;
and said, “Their needs must be met.”
We made a small cardboard box and put the chicks in it.
During winter, fearing the cold, we brought the box in and put it in the corner of the room.
As soon as he came in, he asked, “Have you fed the chicks?”
Then he said, “They may feel blue. Open the box so that they come out, walking in the room!”
One day we left the chicks outside. When he found out about it, he said, “It might get cold at dawn, why did you leave them out? Or a cat may eat them.”
I replied, “Well, God might have created them to be eaten by a cat. What should the poor cat eat?”
He looked at me as if the cat was supposed to eat a human!
He himself took them inside.

Source: a memory by Hujjatul-Islam Ali Bahjat

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