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A Little Boy and a Broken Heart

Updated on May 8, 2014

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The Boy And the Broken Heart

The man was just getting some bottled water to make tea on a cool May day. He got down his favorite old instant coffee jar. The one he had used to make tea for his boy's mother when she was pregnant with the boy. Just a reused coffee jar. For just a second he held it and had a flash back memory of the herbal teas he had concocted in it. The man was in fact an herbal tea freak and had nursed many back to health by using that jar and making choices from Artichoke to Chamomile to Dandelion to Licorice and ginger root.

But this time was different it was a tea for his elder daughter, to cure a digestive problem. And there it was to happen. He caught the lip of the jar on the water nozzle and it crashed to the floor and broke. Just a stupid old jar. Why then the tears?

In cleaning up the mess of broken glass the 4 year old was too interested and warned three times to stay away. At this time the boy has never had the joy of stepping on glass barefoot. On the forth try to get close to the glass the dad lectured down that boy and let him have it with a stern voice. The message was loud and clear and necessary for safety.

But now we look and we see the boy crying and very sad that dad is mad.

Clearly now we have two broken vessels and dad is responsible for both. I think it is a given that dad loves. We see that dad was both saddened and scared when he yelled at the boy. But probably we see that when dad broke the jar he was in the past and the future. When dad broke the boys' heart he was still anticipating the future (stepping on glass) and staying in the past (sad about the jar).

Thank goodness time passes and thank goodness we can heal broken hearts. We cannot always mend a broken old jar, but we can hug and tell that small boy -- "sorry dad was mad and sad and scared". End of story.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That boy is growing and learning and now knows his own heart. Now he asks a thousand questions a minute and lectures are no longer necessary.

      Thank you for reading and commenting and sharing, it is much appreciated.

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      Mothers of Nations 

      3 years ago

      Such a beautiful, beautiful story. Very touching... Thank you for sharing.

      GBY

      Voted up & shared!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Word, truthfornow

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      truthfornow 

      4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      So sweet. Holding onto memories for the dad and also healing for the poor boy. We can be broken many ways but can mend with time and love.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you good friend for such a lovely comment.

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      ESPeck1919 

      4 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      First off, yay tea! Great for relaxation and soothing discomforts.

      Secondly, this was a beautiful story, Eric. It captured a scenario I think every parent/child goes through at some point and ties it very nicely into the sentimentality even simple objects can hold.

      Thanks so much for sharing it!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You are more than welcome. My many friends here at HP treat me like that, as you will see.

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      Angela Marie 

      4 years ago from Maryland

      That is one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me (or shall I say, expressed). Thank you very much. I take that to heart.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Good love and Angels coming your way Sparklea, stay who you are.

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      Sparklea 

      4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Ericdierker: voted up, useful and beautiful. Love the 'two broken vessels' scenario. This is a wonderful story full of insight and a great lesson for all. It's amazing how one item can trigger an enormous flashback. I still have the teddy bear my dad gave me Christmas Day when I was eleven years old. Every time I pick it up, I hug it and I weep. He died the following June at age 35...one of the most tragic days of my life. Your hubs teach valuable lessons. Thank you so much for another one! Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Harishprasad, Our vernacular here uses "cow tow". Cow down does great service in literature and makes the point very well. I hope it is the wise man that fears his own power over another.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Your insights are too lovely for such a young person. We are blessed to know you, be grateful.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora that is awesome "smoochy read". I just love it and will use it often. Thank you for that gift.

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      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Eric, there is always a little boy present in our life who wants to enjoy some moments in sheer freedom but, circumstances like an annoyed dad, intimidate and cow down him. You invoke that child, I love your spirit. Beautiful hub. Voted up.

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      Angela Marie 

      4 years ago from Maryland

      Yet, another interesting viewpoint. This article depicted an array of emotions for me. First off, I absolutely LOVE herbal tea. I plan on writing a hub on it soon, once I can clear my head from my college homework and tending to children. I have a strong passion for herbs and anything holistic. My grandmother taught me to.

      I have mixed emotions on time. Maybe, time really does heal all? Or more like, time simmers all to a concentrated form of contentment. Some heart aches will always remain upon reflection. Broken? no not necessarily, that is the beauty of passing. However, I love life so much, I'm turning 30 in a few weeks. I'm a bit frightened for the future and aging. I want to live forever, but time just has to much energy to slow down.

      p.s. I like the parallel between father and his son, yes, it can be very "heart-breaking" to be upset with our own children, but the good thing is time will come in and scoop us away from the mess and put us in a new place to begin again.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Beautiful sentiments, Eric. This is one Dad whose heart is full of love--and humor: "the joy of stepping on glass barefoot". Thanks for a smoochy read.

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