A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.
SON: 'Daddy, may I ask you a question?'
DAD: 'Yeah sure, what it is?' replied the man.
SON: 'Daddy, how much do you make an hour?'
DAD: 'That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?' the man said angrily.
SON: 'I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?'
DAD: 'If you must know, I make $50 an hour.'
SON: 'Oh,' the little boy replied, with his head down.
SON: 'Daddy, may I please borrow $25?'
The father was furious, 'If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I don't work hard everyday for such childish frivolities.' The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.
The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money? After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down , and started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $25.00 and he really didn't ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door. 'Are you asleep, son?' He asked. 'No daddy, I'm awake,' replied the boy. 'I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier' said the man. 'It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the $25 you asked for.'
The little boy sat straight up, smiling. 'Oh, thank you daddy!' He yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man seeing that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father. 'Why do you want more money if you already have some?' the father grumbled. Because I didn't have enough, but now I do,' the little boy replied. 'Daddy, I have $50 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.'
The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness. It's just a short reminder to all of you working too hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Do remember to share that $50 worth of your time with someone you love.
If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of hours. But the family & friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. ♥
What a beautiful tale to remind us what is truly important in life. It's so easy to get caught up in the stresses and irritants, not to mention the pace of life and overlook and neglect the most important things. Thank you for sharing this!
Awe! I loved that such a beautiful post! Thank you so much it definitely made me cry I want to be the best parent for my children and spend more quality time with them and I need to learn to quit saying wait mommy has to do this first :)
I love this, but mostly cause I'm building rockets and air cannons with my son and we pulled the bows out for my daughter. I get to read and do homework with them. Bowling and and ice skating, parties and Tae kwanDo, actually, I could use a break from the kids. I'm actually sore. It's worth every whimper and wine, it's totally worth making these kind if memories. I can see myself on this very front porch rockin.' Swapin' howdies with neighbors and filling my afternoons reminiscing days like these. I'll probably remember this truck I have, but it'll be vague to family okay time in the years or laboratory. We gotta build rocket engines and propellant by New Years. Almost have the last ingredient. "You could never get sick of seeing things like that."-my son's quote of the day.
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