count-down to Christmas #4

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

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and his 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 his wife grew increasingly irritated with the mess.

“We must do something about Grandfather,” 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 up 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, some time’s he had a tear in his eye as he sat there 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 out of when I grow up.” The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.

The words so struck the parents 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 they handle 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 some things 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. I’ve learned that you should give of yourself to
everyone you care about.. Sometimes all people need is a little
kindness to make them smile.

Make someone feel at Home this Christmas

see ya soon

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