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 saw 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 so 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. 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