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A frail old man went to live with his son,
daughter-in-law, and four-year 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
and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his
onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the
tablecloth. The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with
mess. "We must do something about Grandfather," said the
son. I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and
on the floor.
So the husband and wife set a small table in the
corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the
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
"Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your
food when I grow up." The four-year-old smiled and went back to
work. The words so struck the parents that they were

Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word
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.

Children are remarkably perceptive.

Their eyes ever observe, their ears ever listen,
and their minds ever process the messages they absorb. If they
see us
patiently provide a happy home atmosphere for family members,
will imitate that attitude for the rest of their lives. The
parent realizes that every day the building blocks are being
laid for the
child's future. Let's be wise builders and role models.
"Life is about people connecting with people, and
making a positive difference" Take care of yourself, ... and
you love, ... today, and everyday!

On a positive note, I've learned that, no matter what happens
bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way
handles three things: a rainy day, lost luggage,
and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I've learned that, regardless of your relationship with
your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone
from your life.

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.

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.

People will forget what you said ... people will forget
what you did ... but people will never forget how
you made them feel.


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