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Old 01-25-2008, 06:46 AM   #1
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The Wooden Bowl

The Wooden Bowl.




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 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, regardless of your relationship with your parents,
you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.

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 need to be able to throw something back.

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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Old 01-25-2008, 10:03 AM   #2
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Todd

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I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.!
Me too.
Thanks for posting the story.
Some of those statements really made me stop and ask myself "Is that me"?
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Old 01-25-2008, 01:12 PM   #3
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Todd,
I took your advice....
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I've learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone.
Got slapped.. Now Fredia's mad with me...

Funny, how the older we get, the more we learn and Appreciate Life's little gifts.

I know.....
cx, sometimes one appears without the other..
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Old 01-26-2008, 04:33 PM   #4
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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
Obviously you were never sentenced to life no parole and had a cellmate named BIG BARNEY .
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Old 01-26-2008, 05:47 PM   #5
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sentenced to life no parole and had a cellmate named BIG BARNEY
Did you?????????????????????
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Old 01-27-2008, 07:30 PM   #6
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Nah, my BIL.
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Old 01-27-2008, 07:36 PM   #7
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Nah, my BIL.

You are referring to your first wife's family, certainly not mine.
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If there is beauty in the person,
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There will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
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