you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week from now, a
month from now, A year from
A frail old
man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-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
sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor.
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.
had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.'
husband and wife set a small table in the corner.
Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner.
Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl.
family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometimes he had a tear in his
eye as he sat alone.
the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped
a fork or spilled food.
four-year-old watched it all in silence.
before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the
the child sweetly, 'What are you making?' Just as sweetly, the boy
am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up.
four-year-old smiled and went back to work.
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
evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to the
remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some
husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk
spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.
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.
learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles
day, the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as making a 'life..'
learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both
hands. You nee d to be able to throw something back sometimes.
learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you
you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others,
work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you
learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make
the right decision.
learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone.
that human touch -- holding hands,
a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
learned that I still have a lot to learn.
learned that you should pass this on to everyone you care about .I just did.
AT THE END,
THE CANDLE WAS STARTED.
YOU GOOSE BUMPS.
I am not
going to be the one who lets it die. I found it believable --
have walked beside me all my life--and they still do
to all of you who
something to me,
for your happiness.