[MY BOOKISH OBSESSIONS] The Earthenware Bowl – YOUR WAKE UP CALL //The Old Man and His Grandson//

“Bava, tell me about Krishna’s adventures again.” I asked for the hundredth time. He opened that big, red book yet again – full of pictures of a blue boy with a peacock feather on his head and mischief in his eyes. *heart eyes forever*

I was (still am) in love with this cosmic boy. But even more than that, I was in love with the way my grandpa recounted all his stories – his wrinkled eyes gleaming with knowledge, experience, and magic.

He was my Gandalf – taking me on one adventure after another. Those days I used to spend at my grandparents’ during the summer and winter vacations were THE BEST AND THE MOST MAGICAL OF TIMES! And even today, whenever he visits, we talk about all those stories because even though I have heard them a hundred times, they still don’t get old – not when he is the narrator.

The things that I don’t like when my parents say, I listen to when my granddad says. 

And then there was this little boy who witnessed his parents treating his grandpa like shit – like he didn’t matter at all. The way he ate – spilling the food here and there – because you see his fingers had begun to tremble. 90 years in this godforsaken world does that. It’s completely normal but apparently, the boy’s parents didn’t think that.

The old man was weak of eyes, ears, and knees but all of that didn’t seem to matter to the boy’s parents.

They made him eat on the floorout of a dirty earthenware while the rest of the family dined on the table. It was too painful to imagine his eyes full of tears and heart full of despair as he retraced, in his mind, every single step of his parenting- wondering where he got it all wrong; wondering if it was’t all his fault that his children turned out to be so uncaring and selfish.

It’s baffling, isn’t it? The very man who raised them, made them capable of earning a living, moving through the world undeterredwas bring treated like the dirt of their shameless shoes.

But kids see it all. We think that they are too young to notice anything and ACTUALLY THINK about such issues but they aren’t. They notice everything, keep it in their hearts. I know I did – things that although I cannot disclose here – they did leave an impact too great for a little heart to bear.

And the grandson – observing this injustice and hatred – took it to himself to do what he could. I don’t know if he did so with an intention to make his parents realise their harsh mistake or just out of the purity of his heart, but he took to fashioning a bowl – similar to the one his grandpa was made to eat out of.

Naturally, his parents – upon seeing this – inquired why he was doing so, to which he replied – ”It’s for you to eat in when you get older.”

Fairy talesyes even Grimm Brothers’ are so optimistic that his parents immediately realised their mistake and apologised to their father/in-law. But in the real world, that’s not the case. Here, you see similar things happen day in and day out and nobody even gives a single thought about their actions and how they hurt people – even the ones they ACTUALLY LOVE!

How can you even do that – DELIBERATELY HURTING YOUR LOVED ONE? Doesn’t it feel like something sharp in your heart? Are you able to fall asleep peacefully at night KNOWING that there is someone lying awake, staining their pillow wet because of what YOU said or did?

So, it’s time for some self-reflection, don’t you think?

Because remember that your kids, the people around you – they all notice how you treat others and although they might not comment on it right away or even express their displeasure, THEY WILL consciously or not TREAT YOU THE EXACT SAME WAY.

You get what you deserve.

And this little story very clearly reminds us of this truth, don’t you think?





20 thoughts on “[MY BOOKISH OBSESSIONS] The Earthenware Bowl – YOUR WAKE UP CALL //The Old Man and His Grandson//

  1. Can you just keep writing these until you’ve covered ALL the Grimm’s fairy tales? 🙃😊❤ Seriously, you’re making me look at all the shorter ones that I never particularly noticed before in so much more detail AND simultaneously giving us these profoundly philosophical things to reflect on!! 😊💚💙💜

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    1. AWWW!!! I just…now I feel bad that AUgust has gone away, taking with it this enchanting series! BUT – FOR YOU – I am STILL going to tackle at least ONE of these stories each month! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

      THANK YOU SO SOOO MUCHH FOR YOUR BEAUTIFUL COMMENT, Naemi! They NEVER fail to make my day! 😉 ❤

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  2. Such a beautiful and profound post, Rain. Definitely caught my attention with this little yet powerful story. I love the message of the story- but your writing in the post and your thoughts definitely help drive the moral home! Excellent post, Rain – AS ALWAYSSSSS! 😊💜🥰

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    1. Awww!!! Thank you so much, Kat! I am so very glad you liked this one because although VERY SHORT, this really touched my heart for some reason. It created such a vivid scene of the old man being treated badly by his children that I just…*single tear* 😦

      You are SUCH A SWEETHEART for always saying such lovely things – I LOVEEE YOUUU!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ *attack hug*

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      1. You are welcome, Rain!!! I can see why it seems very profound despite being so short! 🥰 Awwwhh LOVE YOU TOO HUN – the lovely words are well deserved! 💜💜💜 *attack hugs back*

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    1. Awww THANK YOU SO MUCH, Gemma! I am so glad you liked the post and discovered this story through it! It really hit me right in the feels, despite it being AWFULLY, AWFULLY SHORT! ❤ ❤

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    1. OH MY GOD YESS EXACTLY!! Although they are very simply written, they make us think hard and true about things that ACTUALLY MATTER!!! I am so glad you liked the post, Princess! THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR YOUR LOVELY AND THOUGHTFUL COMMENT! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. YESSS!!!! While as kids, we only see magic, as adults, we starts seeing the wisdom too – hidden in between those simple words!!! ❤

      YOU ARE MOST WELCOME, Mads! I am glad you liked the post! ❤

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  3. I think for sure that it does. What’s the expression? You reap what you sow? Even though when I first heard that expression it was being used in judgement of a girl who was taken advantage of, I think in life your actions do come back to haunt you or to prop you up. There is also a belief that anything you do will come back to you threefold (the rule of three). Same idea just different wording. Awesome as always!!! ❤️🙌❤️

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    1. ”it was being used in judgement of a girl who was taken advantage of” WAIT. REALLYY??!?!?! That’s…wow! That’s…soo not good! But I wholeheartedly agree e- every action DOES have a reaction..everything we do is recorded and it DOES eventually come back to us – if not to haunt then to teach us a lesson – to humble us – to better prepare for the life ahead..but yess!! IT DOES COME BACK!!!

      Loved your thoughtful comment, Tessa! AND I AM SO SO GLAD YOU LIKED THE POST! Thank you sooo much for always being so sweet! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  4. That certainly is a very powerful morale – you should always treat others as you would like to be treated if you were in their shoes. Wonderful post Rain, you really made me want to find a copy of Grimm’s fairytales and read / reread some of them.

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  5. Terrifying to hear about these kinds of inhuman behaviour. It’s sad and it needs to be eradicated from our existence! We should act just how we want others to act with us. Plain and simple. Great post, Rain! Again, you’re really pushing me into getting my hands on a copy of the Grimm’s fairytales hahah 😀

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