Sometimes it takes a child to open our eyes.

United States
April 27, 2007 8:52pm CST
The Wooden Bowl I guarantee you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now. 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 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?" Just as sweetly, the boy responded, "Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up." The four-year-old smiled and 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.
2 responses
• United States
28 Apr 07
I have read this before and its very powerfull!!! Wisdom from a 4 yr old! They just tell it how they see it and Its wonderfull!!!
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• United States
29 Apr 07
That is the great thing as the child did not even realize that they were making any kind of statement at all, it is the innocence of the whole situation. Thank you for the comment and have a great day!!
@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
28 Apr 07
This is a lovely story & well worth remembering. The eyes of a child are kinder than some adults. We are all going to be at that stage sometime.
• United States
29 Apr 07
As with most things in life it is out of the mouths of babes that the truth is beheld. As in this case they thought that they were doing nothing wrong until the child made them see themselves in the same situation. It was not until they can see themselves in the situation that they see the badness of the situation. Thank you for the comment and have a great day!!!