The Old Man and his Grandson
An old man could not eat neatly, so his son and daughter-in-law made him eat by the stove and, when he broke his bowl, bought him a cheap one. His four-year-old grandson played with wood and said that he was making a trough for his parents to eat from when they were old. After that, they let him eat at the table and did not complain about the spill.
Other tales of this type vary on the exact offense that the grandson declares he will commit and the son thereafter refrains from: making his father sleep under half a blanket in the stables, bringing back the carrier so he can carry his father to abandon him, or commit murder. In medieval Europe, the son was commonly sent for a blanket and came back with half, justifying it by saying the other half is saved for his father. In an Asian version, the father weaves a basket to throw his aged father into the river. A son says to bring back the basket so that it can be used for the father one day.
- Jacob and Wilheim Grimm, Household Tales, "The Old Man and his Grandson"
- D.L. Ashliman, "The Grimm Brothers' Children's and Household Tales (Grimms' Fairy Tales)"
- D.L. Ashliman, "The Old Grandfather and His Grandson"
- D. L. Ashliman, "Old Grandfathers and Their Grandsons: folktales of Aarne-Thompson type 980, 980A, and 980B about old people who are saved by their grandsons
- Barbara A. Hanawalt, The Ties That Bound: Peasant Families in Medieval England p. 227 ISBN 0-19-504564-5
- "Of No Bowl Intent". Snopes. 11 March 2007. Retrieved 11 June 2013.