One of Life’s Highest Honors

Thomas Leuthard
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It was once said that the reason that humans are put into this world is to help and encourage others. Think about it. What makes you the happiest? When you are receiving something or getting something?

 The most important things in life aren’t the things that you can see…like money, houses, boats, clothes, etc. The things in life that REALLY matter and have infinite meaning to people, are the things that are priceless and unseen such as kindness, love, thoughtfulness, etc….ways that you TREAT others.

 Today’s short story is a great example of the ULTIMATE way that a person can repay someone with kindness and goodness.

A son took his father to a restaurant for an evening dinner.

The father, being very old and weak, while he was eating, dropped food and his shirt and pants. Other diners watched him in disgust and revulsion while his son was calm and enjoyed hit time with his dad.

After they were finished eating, the son, who wasn’t embarrassed at all, quietly took his father to the washroom, wiped off the food particles, removed the stains, combed his hair and fitted his glasses firmly. When they came back out, the entire restaurant was watching them in dead silence, not able to grasp how someone could embarrass themselves publicly like that.

The son settled the bill and started leaving with his father.

At that time, an old man sitting among the diners called out to the son and asked him, “Don’t you think that you have left something behind?”

The son replied, “No sir, I haven’t.”

The old man retorted, “Yes, you have! You have left a lesson for every son…and hope for every father.”

The restaurant was silent.

To care for those who once cared for us, is one of life’s highest honors!


  1. Reblogged this on A Grateful Man and commented:
    Reading this brought tears to my eyes. It hit close to home. We’ve been visiting my father-in-law in intensive care twice a day for quite a while. Any day could be his last and nearly all his faculties are completely gone. I love the man and he’s always been good to me. We’re from different races and cultures and he was a quiet man who rarely spoke even when he was young, but we respected each other, and to this day show that we still do. It grieves me to see what he’s going through. I consider it an honor and blessing to be able to be there for him.

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  2. This endearing story reminds me of my father and grandfather. My grandfather was sickly and had a hard time getting around but loved fishing at a local lake in Vermont. My dad took him fishing gladly. It was a tough experience because he had to hold on to him much of the time. He had to go to the bathroom as well and that turned out to be a trying thing. All in all, despite the struggle of the whole process, my dad did the right thing by being a patient and living son. That’s what committed children do, take care of their parents and keep their dignity.

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