Wooden bowls


Value- Right Conduct, Truth

Sub value- Respect elders

A frail old man lived with his son, daughter-in-law, and his four year old grandson. His eyes were blurry, his hands trembled, and his step faltered. The family would all  have dinner together at the table every night. But the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and failing sight made eating rather difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon, dropping on to the floor. When he grasped his glass of milk, it often spilled clumsily on the tablecloth.


wooden bowl



With this happening almost every night, 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 milk spilling, noisy eating and food on the floor”. The daughter-in-law too agreed. So the couple set a small table at the corner of the dining room. From then on, the old grandfather ate alone at his small table, while the rest of the family enjoyed their dinner at the dinner table. Since grandfather had 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 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 replied, “Oh, I’m making a little bowl for you and mama to eat your food from when I grow up.” The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.

The innocent words by their son hit home and parents were aghast and speechless. Then tears streamed down their cheeks. Though no words were spoken, both knew what must be done. That evening, the son took his father’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 was spilled or the table cloth was soiled.


The good old adage ‘As you sow, so you reap’ is very true indeed. We will get what we do unto others. So always be good, do good, see good. Especially parents, elders and teachers should set a right example for children to emulate. It is their moral responsibility.




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