Feline05 asked in Family & RelationshipsFamily · 1 decade ago

I wanted to share this with Yahoo! "The Wooden Bowl"?

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, & a 4yr old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, & his step faltered. The family ate together nightly at the dinner table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands & failing sight made eating rather difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass often milk spilled on the tablecloth. The son & daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. "We must do something about grandfather," said the son. I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, & food on the floor. So the husband & wife set a small table in the corner. There, grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner at the dinner table. Since grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl. Sometimes when the family glanced in grandfather's direction, he had a tear in his eye as he ate alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food. The 4yr-old watched it all in silence. One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, "What are you making?" Just as sweetly, the boy responded, "Oh, I am making a little bowl for you & mama to eat your food from when I grow up." The four-year-old smiled & went back to work. The words so struck the parents that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done. That evening the husband took grandfather's hand & gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family, & for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled. Children are remarkably perceptive. Their eyes ever observe, their ears ever listen, & their minds ever process the messages they absorb. If they see us patiently provide a happy home atmosphere for family members, they will imitate that attitude for the rest of their lives. The wise parent realizes that every day that building blocks are being laid for the child's future. Let us all be wise builders & role models. Take care of yourself, ... & those you love, ... today, & everyday!

3 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    What a beautiful Story. Life Stories, just as this one teach us over and over again the true meaning of Life, and yet so few really understand and do what the story is trying to confer and teach. I pray that those that read this story will grasp the true meaning, with me included and will just not stop and say "awww" but learn that life is LOVING, SHARING, and GIVING and that the elderly as well as the young need loving, comfort and understanding, that material things are not as important as the people we love, that what we do to others will come back to us two-fold. Give and it will be given unto you..

    Thank you for sharing your story.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    That was beautful and the weird thing is Hurt just started on my iPod It was so sad! did you write that?

    Source(s): me
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    how sweet. =0)

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