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Thread: The Wooden Bowl

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    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, 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 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.

    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 four things:
    a rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

    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 nee d to be able to throw something back sometimes.

    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.








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    Thank you for posting this - - -

    Most of us will get old(er) -

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    says who?

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    Probably God -

    although I think a will to live has something to do with it

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    see? i still have a lot to learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    see? i still have a lot to learn.
    don't we all!

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    I read this a LONG time ago and I have never forgotten it. Sadly neither my parents or DH's parents lived long enough for us to put it to use in our own lives.

    Maybe in a few years I'll send it to our 5 children as a gentle reminder!


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    That is so heart warming. My sister and I are helping to care for our mom now who has ahlzeimers. Every day is an adventure.....sometimes we laugh and sometimes we cry. But we try to just take it one day at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramqlts
    That is so heart warming. My sister and I are helping to care for our mom now who has ahlzeimers. Every day is an adventure.....sometimes we laugh and sometimes we cry. But we try to just take it one day at a time.
    There will probably days when it's just one minute at a time - - -

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    Thanks for the gentle reminder.


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    I love these stories..in puts things into perspective and sometimes we get so ahead of ourselves lines become blurry. I wish they didn't.

    Funny thing...when I read the part about luggage getting lost.....I went on a trip with my friends..and you really can tell alot about a person when her luggage gets lost.lol.
    During that fiasco..we had been delayed, bumped off our connecting flight and then lost luggage..I was never really worried I knew eventually everything would work out and if they lost my luggage it was just things..so why worry..I knew God would take care of us...he had so far...I even got bumped to first class on one of the flights.. Finally when she was stressed and complaining... I just looked at her and said..."Why are you worried...hasn't God taken care of us this far?" I didn't hear one more complaint. :wink:

    Perspective..that is what it is all about.

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    Thank you.

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    Awesome :D :D :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    I love these stories..in puts things into perspective and sometimes we get so ahead of ourselves lines become blurry. I wish they didn't.

    Funny thing...when I read the part about luggage getting lost.....I went on a trip with my friends..and you really can tell alot about a person when her luggage gets lost.lol.
    During that fiasco..we had been delayed, bumped off our connecting flight and then lost luggage..I was never really worried I knew eventually everything would work out and if they lost my luggage it was just things..so why worry..I knew God would take care of us...he had so far...I even got bumped to first class on one of the flights.. Finally when she was stressed and complaining... I just looked at her and said..."Why are you worried...hasn't God taken care of us this far?" I didn't hear one more complaint. :wink:

    Perspective..that is what it is all about.
    Wise words, charismah. God does indeed care for us, and He cares what happens to us. I try not to worry about things, but sometimes the "things" push to the top!!

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    Isn't it funny that it took a child to see they were wrong in the way they were dealing with this.

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    oh butterflywing you brought tears to my eye with that sweet story

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    thankyou for posting this, how true it is :-) as is what goes round comes round :? :!:

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    A friend sent me this: A group of professional people posed this
    question to a group of 4-8 year olds, "What does love man?" The
    answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have
    imagined. See what you think:
    1. Love is whats in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening
    presents and listen.
    2. When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't ben d over and paint
    her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even
    when his hands got arthritis too. Thats love.
    The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an
    elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man
    cry, the little boy went into the old gentlemans yard, climbed onto his
    lap and just sat there. When his mother asked what he had said to the
    neighbor, the little boy said, "nothing, I just helped him cry."
    made me cry, made my hubby tear up a little too.

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    Sorry, it should have said what does love mean.

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    Oh such a beautiful writing made me think of my Parents which are no longer with us i'm so thankful that i was the one they depended on even until the end.Thanks Love is just as the little one said

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    Charismah, your comments brought to mind about the day my DH had today...a motor burned out on the corn dryer, and he was bummed about it. I told him it was better to replace a motor than lose a life or have a severe injury...He agreed, but also the guys are frustrated because the harvest is going so slow due to the amount of time it takes to harvest and dry the corn this year. As you said, and as I've often said to DH...God always takes care of us.

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    I think someone posted a quilting magazine where you buy one and get another free. Does anyone know the website or what magazine had a special like that. I am thinking about giving that to a friend.
    Thanks

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