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 son went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and his 4 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 onto 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 Grandfathers direction, sometimes 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 4 year old watched it all in silence.

One evening before supper the father noticed his son playing with wooden 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 4 year old smiled and went back to work.

The words so struck the parents that they were speechless.  The tears started to stream down their cheeks.  Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done. 

That evening the husband took Grandfathers 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 spoiled.

(Thank you, my dear friend, Marlene, for sharing this story with me…it deeply touched my heart)

Is there anyone in your life you need to make amends with during this holiday season?

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About Maureen Hochdorf

Writer. Editor. High Techi. Non-Profit Founder. Traveler. Sports Lover. Star Wars Fanatic. Tel Aviver. Michigander.... View all posts by Maureen Hochdorf

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