Young Minds

Story from a Grandfather

This is for all the grandfathers out there. Last week,
I took my grandchildren to a restaurant.

My six-year-old grand-son asked if he could say grace.

As we bowed our heads he said,
“God is good, God is great.
Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Grandpa gets us ice cream for dessert. And liberty and justice for all! Amen!”

Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby,
I heard a woman remark,
“That’s what’s wrong with this country.
Kids today don’t even know how to pray. Asking God for ice cream!
Why, I never!”

Hearing this, my grand-son burst into tears and asked me,
“Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?”

As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job, and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table.

He winked at my grand-son and said,
“I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer.”
“Really?” my grand-son asked.
“Cross my heart,” the man replied.
Then, in a theatrical whisper, he added
(indicating the woman whose remark
had started this whole thing),

“Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes.”

Naturally, I bought my grand-children ice cream at the end of the meal.
My grand-son stared at his for a moment, and then did something I will remember the rest of my life.

He picked up his sundae and, without a word, walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her,

“Here, this is for you.


  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradouralmost 2 years ago

    Thank you to everyone you takes the trouble to read this,
    Take care all of you.

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelalmost 2 years ago

    I found this a beautiful tale

  • Maisie Sinclair
    Maisie Sinclairalmost 2 years ago

    Aw, this is so lovely! It made me smile :-)

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsalmost 2 years ago

    That is great! What a tale!

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesalmost 2 years ago

    Wow! This is a great story! Is it true? Either way, such a great lesson here! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  • swaby
    swabyalmost 2 years ago

    One of my favorite stories, thank you for sharing and refreshing the memory Malcolm!

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehalmost 2 years ago

    Wow, what a wonderful story!

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful story Malcolm

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 2 years ago

    What a lovely story, Malcolm – you should be very proud of him

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellalmost 2 years ago

    So true. A little child shall lead them.