The old man and his grandson(sent by Aniki)

I want to thank Aniki for sending me this today.It fits so well with my blog that I decided to post it.

This is a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm-

There was once a very old man, whose eyes had become dim, his ears dull of hearing, his knees trembled, and when he sat at table he could hardly hold the spoon, and spilt the broth upon the table-cloth or let it run out of his mouth. His son and his son’s wife were disgusted at this, so the old grandfather at last had to sit in the corner behind the stove, and they gave him his food in an earthenware bowl, and not even enough of it. And he used to look towards the table with his eyes full of tears. Once, too, his trembling hands could not hold the bowl, and it fell to the ground and broke. The young wife scolded him, but he said nothing and only sighed. Then they bought him a wooden bowl for a few half-pence, out of which he had to eat.

They were once sitting thus when the little grandson of four years old began to gather together some bits of wood upon the ground. “What are you doing there?” asked the father. “I am making a little trough,” answered the child, “for father and mother to eat out of when I am big.”

The man and his wife looked at each other for a while, and presently began to cry. Then they took the old grandfather to the table, and henceforth always let him eat with them, and likewise said nothing if he did spill a little of anything.

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3 Responses

  1. Wow. I’m glad you like it so much!
    I admire the passion you put into this topic!

  2. I was very moved by this tender story! (Not the kind of story one usually associates with the Brothers Grim!) When my own mom died in ’95 at the age of 82, it was preceded by a period of about a year of her suffering dementia. And, of course, we her children knew great pain in witnessing the slow decline of this wonderful woman’s memory and the accompanying personality changes. She eventually died shortly after experiencing the stress of the loss of my dad, whose death preceded hers only three months prior to that.

    This brief story by the Grimm Brothers so cogently and eloquently illustrates our need to treat the elderly with patience and compassion as the so deserve.

    Many thanks to your Aniki for sending this story, and to Jodi for posting it!

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my blog.I have always felt that the elderly do not get the respect and compasion that they deserve and Im hoping that by educating people and bringing to light all the elderly suffer through it may change things a little.Would you happen to have a youtube video of your song?Id love to listen to it,but for some reason it wont load for me on myspace.

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