Wooden Bowl


A Preparation and lesson for old age

 To all, look with your eyes..but really look hard deep within your heart…..

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 on 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 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 and Mama to eat your food when I grow up.” The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.

The words so struck the parents that they were speechless.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.“Life is about people connecting with people, and making a positive difference” Take care of yourself, and those you love, … today, and everyday!

That regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.That making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.”That if you pursue happiness,  it will elude you. But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.

Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile. People will forget what you said … people will forget what you did…but people will never forget how you made them feel. Happiness always looks small when you hold it in your hands … But when you learn to share it, you will realize how big and precious it is!!    

9 Responses to “Wooden Bowl”

  1. OBA Says:

    What a truly wonderful article. It brought tears to my eyes. In reality I can relate as my dad is now living with us and he is getting frail and more aged day. I love him dearly
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    Wendy

  2. Mehjabeen Alam Says:

    very touchy story… we should all respect and help our parents in their old age, it really gives lots of pleasure and happiness from inside

  3. THEVA MANOHARAM PALANISAMY Says:

    Dear Readers, do unto others as you want others to do unto you. ALLAH will bless those who love and serve all. Ameen Ya Rabbal Alameen. Wassalam.

  4. Extended Stay Inn Says:

    Very good written story. It will be beneficial to everyone who employess it, including myself. Keep up the good work – can’r wait to read more posts.

  5. soumya Says:

    i wrote this story in moral story writing competition and i stood first

  6. serrurier 93 Says:

    Super ce site, j’aime �norm�ment ta mani�re d’�crire.

  7. abiti da sposa roma Says:

    Interesting look. I have learned, or remembered. Thanks

    • rutba Says:

      can anyone tell what exactly the moral is

      • moralsandethics Says:

        Moral of the story is, We should respect and help our parents at all times🙂 and if we don’t then similar treatment can be expected from our children.


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