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Wooden Bowl

A frail old man went to live with his
son, daughter-in-law, and four-year
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
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?"
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. 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.
Care and love your Parents as you
would expect your children to love and
care for you.
Remember, as you sow, so shall you ...
Thanks to this story as inspire, and I will love parents or when I have parent in law, there not different , they are my parent, I will respect
02.09.2012 11:05 EDT,
Finally im saying thanks to god that i have my ernie.
02.09.2012 10:25 EDT,
Weak not only for oldest but for younger, dont for human even for cat, hungry ,thin, weak, i care them now they the couples and now vina (name of my cat ) pregnant by sheni and sheni is my cat too :-) i love them
02.09.2012 10:24 EDT,
Ernie and me know how to spend our time with our perents nephew cousing neighbour an etc..
02.09.2012 10:23 EDT,
Naturaly god gve us parents becme in god face and we take care of them as we accept god in our religion So never underestimate to parents when they old.
02.09.2012 10:22 EDT,
Parents is ur idol when u were in childhood times. They hold ur fingers and teach you first step of walk.
02.09.2012 10:20 EDT,
Being old and infirm was not a desire but it is the law of nature, I love not only the parents, in-laws and even close neighbors when they are weak it is my duty to help, they happy with me,
02.09.2012 10:19 EDT,
If u do not respect to parents so times will remind u that of ur children will do same as u did with your parents.
02.09.2012 10:18 EDT,
A touching story, we can take lessons from this story that we must love the parents, in-laws, especially if they are old and weak. because if we underestimate them, so definitely our bad attitude towards them will be repaid by our children, they will do the same thing when we're old.
02.09.2012 10:14 EDT,

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