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A Moral Lesson From The Story of Wooden Bowl


I still remember vividly happy and warm family meals when I was small. All members sat around a wooden table to eat, talk and laugh together. What happy memories! When growing up, my siblings have lived and worked in different places. Only my parents are living there. As for me, after graduating from university, I got married and had a daughter. When I have a child, I deeply comprehend the saying "We never know the love of our parents for us till we have become parents." Indeed, the love and sacrifice of parents for us children is boundless. I understand that: Every day, I am happy to see my daughter grow up and mature, it also means that, my parents become older.

And, by chance, I read a moving story of the wooden bowl. The nostalgia is strongly arisen in my mind - I miss my parents who took care of me carefully and considerately when I was small.

The Wooden Bowl

“A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year 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 their dinners together. 

Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl. When the family glanced in Grandfather's 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 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 you get old." 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.”

This is a touching, meaningful, educational and humanitarian story. It is a moral lesson that reminds us be dutiful and take care of parents considerately. Everyone is going to old and weak. Be dutiful and respectful to your parents- it's also the way you teach your kids.


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