April 05, 2019
One day, an old man thought it was time for him to go live with his family since he was growing weaker by the day. So he went to his son’s home, where he lived with his wife and his son.
The old man had become weak with age with blurry eyesight and trembling hands. He could not even walk with ease. Because his hands trembled so much, he had difficulty eating at the table with his family.
Sad old man. | Source: Pexels
One day when the family was sitting on the table for dinner, the old man was struggling to eat peas with a spoon. They rolled off his spoon onto the floor and when he reached out for a glass of milk, it spilled on the tablecloth.
Tired of the everyday mess, the son and his wife became irritated with the old man. “We must do something about father,” said the son. “I’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.”
Dining table. | Source: Pexels
After much thought, the couple decided to set a small table for the old man in the corner. Poor grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner together.
His dishes were replaced with wooden bowls so that they would not break. He would often cry when he sat alone to eat when his family looked at him from another table. Despite seeing him in that state, the family would get irritated when he dropped a fork or spilled food.
Old man crying. | Source: Pexels
The old man’s 4-year-old watched in silence as his family continued to ignore his tears.
An idea struck the little kid. He gathered some wood scraps from the floor and began to play with them. When the father noticed his son playing with wood, he asked him what he was up to. His reply sent shivers down his spine.
“Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and mama to eat your food when I grow up.”
After that, the kid went back to making wooden bowls.
Kid playing with wooden blocks. | Source: Pexels
Tears streamed down the man’s face when he told his wife about what their son had said. The couple cried for a while and soon, they knew what needed to do.
At dinner time, the man took his father’s hand and led him back to the family table. The family dined together happily for the rest of his life.
Old man and his children. | Source: Pexels
No matter what kind of relationship you have with your parents, you will miss them when they are gone. Always love and respect your parents and never make them cry.