Honour your Parents
Dilip, frail and old went to live with Deepak, his son, Meena, his daughter-in-law, and four-year old grandson, Raj. 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.
Deepak and Meena became irritated with the mess. “We must do something about father,” said the Deepak. “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, sometime 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.
Raj, the four-year-old watched it all in silence.
One evening before supper, Deepak noticed that Raj was 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 .
These words so struck the parents. They were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what needed to be done.
That evening Deepak 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.
Lesson: You reap what you sow. Regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. Always respect, care for and love them.
Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.
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