The Wooden Bowl
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
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, 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
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
On a positive note, I've learned that, no matter what happens how bad it
seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned
that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles three things: a
rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
People love that human touch -- holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly
pat on the back.
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.
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