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Saturday, September 24, 2011

"The Wooden Bowl..." 'Anonymous'

"This  blog was sent from a friend in Homer Alaska who wishes to remain anonymous, Mahalos friend..!"

"Who knows when it's their turn for the wooden bowl..."

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, 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 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.
On a positive note, I've learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things:
a rainy day,the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as making a 'life.'
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands.You need to be able to throw
 something back sometimes. 
I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you.
But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others,
your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.
I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
I've learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone.
People love that human touch -- holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.
I've learned that you should pass this on to everyone you care about. I just did!

Below Douglas Dunn pictured with his New electric Car!(The  Leaf) We are looking forward to his upcoming blog....
NO gas.NO oil changes.NO tune-ups.NO valves, rings, pistons, timing belt.NO transmission, transmission fluid or shifting gears to interrupt acceleration.NO carburetor or air filter.NO radiator or coolant or hoses to maintain.NO regular power-train maintenance.NO smog checks ever.
Just say NO! This coming Tuesday September 27Th, Doug will tell us about his new Leaf on Life!

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Douglas Dunn said...

via facebook;" Out of the mouths of babes!
Again, pearls of great, deep and compassionate wisdom in tasty bite-sized morsels of wisdom!

And yes, indeed, must be remember to be more patient with lost luggage and tangled holiday lights!

Don't sweat the small stuff.
And (everything except RELATIONSHIPS) is all small stuff!"

Anonymous said...

via Facebook;"You, Douglas Dunn, Debbie Eayrs and Cheryl Eayrs Olstad like this..."

James "Kimo" Rosen said...

I once got very upset over some lost luggage at Orlando international airport. I lost my cool. The airline the next day taxied my luggage to where I was staying along with $50.00 and a voucher for a round-trip. I felt terrible for being such a rats ass, and then the airline making better than good. I was in my 20's when that happened. I would definitely handle it much different these days...

Judith Roesch said...

via facebook;" Thanx I needed that today luv!"

James "Kimo" Rosen said...

Judi, since your a hospice volunteer, you'll really enjoy yesterdays, blog, "The Cab" http://dakinetalk.blogspot.com/2011/09/cab-ride-obama-da-dog.html?spref=fbdakinetalk

Davis "3-D" Danizier said...

via facebook;"Yes, I agree this is, once again, a very thought-provoking and inspirational piece! Kimo, you're on a roll lately!

And Doug: seeing the daily previews of coming attractions — Kimo is dangling some mighty big footprints to follow in!"

James "Kimo" Rosen said...

Dave "3-D", antime you want to guest blog again would be great to have you back!