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, 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 Mom 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.

Prophet Mohamed (pbuh) said: "A parent is the best of the gates of Paradise; so if you wish, keep to the gate, or lose it."
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 4928        Narrated by Abu Darda "



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