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Peter and Mary Dawson, together with their son, age six, and Peter's aged father, live on a few acres of poor land and are only able to keep the wolf from the door by bard work. Peter's father is a querulous old man, almost helpless and a great care to them. His infirmity causes him to break several china bowls in which his food is served. Mary and Peter are so provoked, that Peter fashioned a rough, homemade wooden bowl from which the old man is obliged to eat.

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The boy overhears their talk regarding the wooden bowl and a few days later he is missing. After searching the house, Mary and Peter find him in the attic.


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He has just finished making two rough wooden bowls. Upon being questioned he explains that they are to be used to bold Mary's and Peter's food when he the boy is a man and they have grown old. For the first time Mary and Peter realize the example they have set their son. They hasten to treat the old man with greater consideration, giving him a new china bowl and his Written by Moving Picture World synopsis.


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A picture that pleases through the heart-interest in its situations rather than through any dramatic strength. It teaches a good homely lesson mordantly; but the producer, with fine artistic common sense, has set it apart from ordinary life by costuming it so as to give it a Delft atmosphere, as though it were a sort of fairy tale told on a set of plates. This doesn't weaken the story and makes the moral acceptable. Otherwise it might have seemed a bit too much like just a tract on the inhumanity of treating age-weakened parents as though they were only children. We recognize Mr. Arthur Johnson through his make-up as the granddad who was apt to drop his china bowl, and also Miss Lottie Briscoe as the daughter-in-law.

We think the son, in his Dutch wig, is Mr. All do very acceptable work, as does the little boy who pitied the granddad, perhaps a bit too much for naturalness, when his parents made the wooden bowl. Photography is as usual. Visit Prime Video to explore more titles. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!

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Release Dates. Official Sites. Company Credits. Technical Specs. Plot Summary. Plot Keywords. Parents Guide. External Sites. User Reviews. 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 daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. We must do something about Grandfather," said the son.

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I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor. So the husband and wife set a small table 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, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.

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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? 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. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour.

And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: "My Lord!

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Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was small. I find it's always important a lesson to treat you elders with respect, for some day we shall be in their shoes, for what goes around comes around. Or the other saying, 'you reap what you sew. Mar 15,