This story teaches a great lesson about having
patience and love toward the harder to love people we
meet in life. It hits home with me because I have a 22
yr old son with Autism who has to be helped with
ADLs(Activities of Daily Living)
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 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, 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.
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
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.
I've learned that, regardless of your relationship
with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone
from your life.
I've learned that making a "living" is not the same
thing as making a "life."
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a
catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to
throw something back.
I've learned 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.
I've learned that whenever I decide something with an
open heart, I usually make the right decision.
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have
to be one.
I've learned that every day, you should reach out and
touch someone. People love that human touch, holding
hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.
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For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.