Grandpa’s Table

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 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 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 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.

Moral: Children are remarkably perceptive. Their eyes ever observe, their ears ever listen, and their minds ever process the messages they absorb. If they see us patiently provide a happy home atmosphere for family members, they will imitate that attitude for the rest of their lives. The wise parent realizes that every day the building blocks are being laid for the child’s future. Let’s be wise builders and role models. Because Children are our future. Life is about people connecting with people, and making a positive difference. Take care of yourself, … and those you love, … today, … and everyday!

Submitted By: Velma, USA

July 7th, 2014 at 3:27 am

really gud

jhella nacario aninion
August 10th, 2014 at 12:02 am

wow…it so nice to read…..

October 7th, 2014 at 8:00 am

Very nice story. .iam impressed

October 21st, 2014 at 10:23 am

moral should be in short that is in one sentence

December 28th, 2014 at 7:58 am

It should be taught to each and every person . For sake of my opinon !!

Annas and Daddy
January 5th, 2015 at 11:28 am

What comes around goes around, be nice to your parents so your children will be nice to you. I love you my dearest daddy and mommy and I love you my wonderful wife, son and daughter. May your life be always happy :-)

February 4th, 2015 at 6:10 pm

I like the story because, grandpa was taken care off very well at the end of story : )

April 1st, 2015 at 12:46 am

Excellent mind blowing

Maroon 5
July 6th, 2015 at 12:50 am

We agree with the moral.

August 11th, 2015 at 7:32 am

it is really important to take care your love ones. Cause in reality this is beyond anything. The end justify the means.

August 15th, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Gr8 moral story

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