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Czytelnia – The Wooden Bowl

Tekst został nagrany przez Karę Shallenberg -
Kara, thank you very much!

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A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together at the table.

frail – wątły, słaby

tremble – trząść się

eyesight – wzrok

blurred – zamazany, mglisty

step – krok

faltered – chwiejący się

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.

failing sight – zawodzący wzrok

peas – groch, groszek

roll off the spoon – spadać z łyżki

grasp – chwytać

spill – rozlewać się

tablecloth – obrus

The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. "We must do something about father," said the son. "I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor."

mess – bałagan

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!

set – ustawić

wooden bowl – drewniana miska

When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometime 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.

glance – spoglądać

couple – para

admonition – upominanie, strofowanie

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?"

wood scraps – kawałki drewna

Just as sweetly, the boy responded, "Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up." The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.

respond – odpowiedzieć

grow up – dorosnąć

The words so struck the parents so that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.

strike (struck, struck) – uderzyć

speechless – oniemiały

stream down – spływać

though – chociaż

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.

gently – delikatnie

lead (led, led) – (za)prowadzić

for the remainder of his days – przez resztę swoich dni

for some reason – z jakiegoś powodu

seem – wydawać się

any longer – już nie

drop – upuszczać

soil – poplamić

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