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The Wooden Bowl

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  • Thomas Daniel
    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,
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 23, 2002


      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 out of 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 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

      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 chance.

      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.

      I've learned that you should pass this on to everyone you care about.

      I just did.

      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.

      I guarantee you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now.

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    • V Thomas
      Dear Sirs, Request to include the name of Dr.P.T.Kurian from Bangalore in the forums mailing list. His email address (This portion of the posting is deleted by
      Message 2 of 2 , Jun 23, 2002
        Dear Sirs,
        Request to include the name of Dr.P.T.Kurian from Bangalore in the forums
        mailing list.
        His email address (This portion of the posting is deleted by the forum moderator).
        Dear Mr. Thomas
        As per your request, Dr. P.T. Kurian is included in our mailing list.
        Thanks for your effort
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