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Post by catherinecruz » July 21, 2009, 1:55 am

A frail old man lived with his son, his daughter-in-law, and his 4 year old grandson. His eyes were blurry, hands were trembling, and his step faltered.

The family eat together nightly at the dinner table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating rather difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon, drooping to the floor. When he grasped his glass of milk, it often spilled clumsily at the tablecloth.
With this happening almost every night, 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 milk spilling, noisy eating and food on the floor," the daughter-in-law agreed.

So the couple set a small table at the corner.

There, grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed their dinner at the dinner table. Since grandfather have a broken a dish or two, his food was served in wooden bowls.sometimes when the family glanced in grandfather's direction, he had a tear in his eye as he ate alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food. The 4 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 replied, "Oh, I'm making a little bowl for you and mama to eat your food from when I grow up." The 4 year -old smiled and went back to work.

The word so struck the parents that they were speechless. Then tears stream down their cheeks though no words were 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, grandfather 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 table cloth soiled.

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Post by Ron Atchison » July 21, 2009, 9:42 am

This is such a precious story Catherine!! ;)

Do you mind if I ask if you're the author? The reason I ask is because I've seen a variation of this story before but the author was not specified. Either way... I really appreciate you posting it here for all to see.

With appreciation,

~ Ron

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Post by mwzephyr » July 21, 2009, 10:13 am

Quite touching...
Also, we are preparing the table before us, what will we receive when it is time?

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Post by catherinecruz » July 22, 2009, 1:31 am

Nope, that's not an original story of mine. Just heard it (never knowing who the author is). But it deserve to be passed on, and be read by everyone. It's a very good story

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