[MOL] A Child's Eyes [00528] Medicine On Line

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[MOL] A Child's Eyes

A frail old man went to live with his son,
+AD4- +AD4- daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson.  The old man's hands
+AD4- +AD4- trembled,
+AD4- +AD4- his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together
+AD4- +AD4- at
+AD4- +AD4- the table.  But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight
+AD4- +AD4- made
+AD4- +AD4- eating difficult.  Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor.  When he
+AD4- +AD4- grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth. The son and
+AD4- +AD4- daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. +ACI-We must do something
+AD4- +AD4- about
+AD4- +AD4- Grandfather,+ACI- said the son.  +ACI-I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy
+AD4- +AD4-
+AD4- +AD4- eating, and food on the floor.+ACI-
+AD4- +AD4-                   So the husband and wife set a small table in the
+AD4- +AD4-
+AD4- +AD4- corner.  There Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family
+AD4- +AD4- enjoyed
+AD4- +AD4- dinner.  Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served
+AD4- +AD4- in
+AD4- +AD4- a wooden bowl.  When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction,
+AD4- +AD4- sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone.  Still, the only
+AD4- +AD4- words
+AD4- +AD4- the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or
+AD4- +AD4- spilled food. The four-year-old watched it all in silence.
+AD4- +AD4-                   One evening before supper, the father noticed his
+AD4- +AD4-
+AD4- +AD4- son playing with wood scraps on the floor.  he asked the child sweetly,
+AD4- +AD4- +ACI-What are you making?+ACI- Just as sweetly, the boy responded, +ACI-Oh, I am
+AD4- +AD4- making
+AD4- +AD4- a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up.+ACI-  The
+AD4- +AD4-
+AD4- +AD4- four-year-old smiled and went back to work.
+AD4- +AD4-                   The words so struck the parents that they were
+AD4- +AD4-
+AD4- +AD4- speechless.  Then tears started to stream down their cheeks.  Though no
+AD4- +AD4- word
+AD4- +AD4- was spoken, both knew what must be done.
+AD4- +AD4-                   That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and
+AD4- +AD4-
+AD4- +AD4- gently led him back to the family table.  For the remainder of his days
+AD4- +AD4- he
+AD4- +AD4- ate every meal with the family.  And for some reason, neither husband
+AD4- +AD4- nor
+AD4- +AD4- wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or
+AD4- +AD4- the
+AD4- +AD4- tablecloth soiled.
+AD4- +AD4-                   Children are remarkably perceptive.  Their eyes ever
+AD4- +AD4-
+AD4- +AD4- observe, their ears ever listen, and their minds ever process the
+AD4- +AD4- messages
+AD4- +AD4- they absorb.  If they see us patiently provide a happy home atmosphere
+AD4- +AD4- for
+AD4- +AD4- family members, they will imitate that attitude for the rest of their
+AD4- +AD4- lives.
+AD4- +AD4- The wise parent realizes that every day the building blocks are being
+AD4- +AD4- laid
+AD4- +AD4- for the child's future. Let's be wise builders.

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