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qban_flyer
12-26-2005, 03:11 AM
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 his glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth. The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. "We must do something about father," 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, sometime 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?"
The boy responded, "Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up." And the four-year-old went back to work.

The words so struck the parents so 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.

Mike Parsons
12-31-2005, 03:50 AM
Out of the mouths of babes. They can make you feel 10 feet tall or 10 inches. I have two and have been at both ends of the spectrum at times. Thanks for the story Q!

-Mike

qban_flyer
12-31-2005, 04:04 AM
Hi Mike,

I got it through e-mail a month ago. I thought just like you have, so not only did I send it to my list but also thought it would be a good idea to post it here as well.

I remember the things kids used to say in the Art Linkletter Show too. Amazing and refreshingly honest answers they gave.

Take care,

Bert