Leaving Things Behind

A son took his old father to a restaurant for an evening dinner. The father, being very ole and weak, dropped food and spilled his drink on his shirt and pants and the dinner progressed. Other diners watched him in disgust as his son calmly sat by him.

After he had finished eating, his son was not at all embarrassed. He quietly walked his father to the washroom, wiped off his food particles, mopped up his spilled drink, combed his hair, then fitted his spectacles firmly.

When they came out of the restroom, 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 to walk his father out of the dinning hall.

At that time, an old man amongst the diners called out to the son and asked him, “Don’t you think you have 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 a hope for every father”.

The restaurant was silent.

“Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you”.

~ Deuteronomy 5:16

Photo by Rene Asmussen: https://www.pexels.com/photo/restaurant-table-and-chairs-1581384/

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