Wooden Bowl

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Posted: 06 January 2005 at 8:48pm | IP Logged
The Wooden Bowl

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.

The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled onto the tablecloth. The son and 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, and food on the floor."

So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl.

When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.

The four-year-old watched it all in silence. One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with woodscraps 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 and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up." The four-year-old smiled and 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 and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days, he ate every meal with the family. And 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, and 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, the building blocks are being laid for the child's future. Let's be wise builders and role models.

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Posted: 06 January 2005 at 8:55pm | IP Logged
THAT'S NICE Big smile
_Anonymous_ IF-Dazzler

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Posted: 06 January 2005 at 8:59pm | IP Logged
But you know what gets on my nerves? Its the fact that the only reason the Husband changed his ways was because he didn't want his son doing the same thing to him
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Posted: 06 January 2005 at 11:48pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by _Anonymous_

But you know what gets on my nerves? Its the fact that the only reason the Husband changed his ways was because he didn't want his son doing the same thing to him

Thanks Naina---it was a good story.  I agree--it is indeed sad that he changed when he realized he could be put in the same situations, but I'm glad he at least realized his mistake even though he did so fo selfish reasons Confused
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Posted: 07 January 2005 at 3:13pm | IP Logged
my friend emailed me that.lol.
its cool.........
sweetyvk Senior Member

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Posted: 07 January 2005 at 4:32pm | IP Logged

this is so touching Cry

see, even parents can learn from their children.

*~puja~* Senior Member

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Posted: 07 January 2005 at 8:37pm | IP Logged
It bothers me when children mistreat there own parents esp. when they need them the most, like in Bagban... Cry... really touching story...
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