The Glass Bowl..!

As a child I don’t remember ever having to ask my dad or my mother, money for my daily needs. All the money that was needed for the day lay in a small glass bowl. It looked after bus fares, the loaf of bread for the evening, vegetables for the night’s dinner and all the other things needed to run the house.
Never did my dad call me and ask, “Bob what happened to the money I put in this morning?” The glass bowl in our house was the symbol of trust. It was a silent assurance that a dad and mom trusted their two children completely.
I recollected our glass bowl this morning when I read this story:
Ten year old Premnath was beginning to acquire a reputation for taking things that didn’t belong to him. The principal was told about it and his parents were also summoned and warned. But Premnath’s teacher decided to do things differently, she didn’t scold him or hold him before the rest of the class as a bad example. Instead she turned her purse over to him and asked him to go to the store and be her shopper! She told him he could do her shopping as well as she could, couldn’t he?
When a much surprised Premnath returned, he offered to count the change before turning over the purse, but the teacher told him it wasn’t necessary. She was sure it was correct. A later examination showed her to be right.
Each day thereafter she found him an errand to do and to the class she held him up as a good example of a trustworthy boy, which indeed he had become.
Reading this story and the method used by the wise teacher brought back memories of my own little glass bowl and how it had worked at home.
How easy it is for us to be a little too careful. We don’t allow our children to handle our wallet thinking a few notes may disappear. What we need to do is to show them we trust them.
Often it’s not just kids. The suspicious wife who doesn’t allow her husband a late night out with his friends; the man who stands outside his wife’s office waiting for the office party to get over; all need to practice the glass bowl effect.
Let your child handle your wallet; he or she’ll grow up to be an honest citizen. Allow your husband a late night or two with his friends; he may have a drink or two but the trust you have in him will prevent him from hiding and drinking and maybe becoming an alcoholic. Same with you suspicious husbands and boyfriends; built trust.
The glass bowl in our house was the symbol of trust. It was a silent assurance that a dad and mom trusted their two children completely..!

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11 thoughts on “The Glass Bowl..!”

  1. Very true. Trust is the most important aspect of any relationship. Not realizing that can lead to the break down of such relationships.

  2. Thanka for aharing this very poignant personal story.

    My mum kept an old empty marmalade tin for loose change

    Trust begets trust. This extends to all facets of life in terms of Honesty.

  3. Transparency as suggestive of the glass bowl , and trust are essential for children to grow into responsible and dependable adults .

  4. Trust is the answer to all it..teacher..students..parents..children..friends..when trust is broken..the link in the chain cannot be mended..or if mended..done with suspicioun..that is not trust.

  5. Trust is the most important thing in life
    As I grow I have trusted friends those trustworthy Friends got me to street
    The pain full learson I have learned with beautiful word

  6. When children are growing up parents have to instill trust and honesty in them, cannot keep on hounding them for every .mistake,we have to give them the hope to change for the better and trust them to learn useful lessons to become a better adult. .Mistakes are part and parcel of life..Even in adulthood we do commit .mistakes..part of growing up everyday.

  7. Beautifully written as usual. Trust grows gradually but once grown it remains forever and yes, we have a glass trust blue bowl that has stayed with us for ages now, it doesn’t break.

  8. Nice personal example. I never needed money as my parents provided all I needed before I felt the need. I praise God for my parents who represented God on earth. I hope I’ve been a trustworthy parent.

  9. Does trust really work?We trust our offerings in Church but it is misused.Our trust in the Govt…nothing to say.Our trust in husbands….infidelity is rampant.The only One we can Trust is God

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