Grandpa’s Table

Old table

The story below that I read from the internet is
a timely reminder.
Thus, I'm sharing it with you to enjoy it.

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 Grandpa'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.

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.

Life is about people connecting with people,
and making a positive difference.
Take care of yourself and those you love,
today and everyday!

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