Son: “Daddy, may I ask you a question”.
Daddy: “Yeah sure, what it is?”
Son: “Dad, how much do you make an hour”
Daddy: “That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?”
Son: “I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?”
Daddy: “I make $50 an hour”
“Oh”, the little boy replied, with his head down.
Looking up, he said, “Dad, may I please borrow $30?”
The father was furious, “If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or other nonsense, then you can march yourself to your room and go to bed. Think why you are being so selfish. I work hard everyday for our family and not for such childish behavior”
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 $30 and he really didn’t ask for money very often!”
So, the man went to 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”, his Daddy said. “It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here is the $30 you asked for”
The little boy sat straight up, smiling “oh thank you dad!” he yelled.
Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled some crippled up notes.
The man, seeing that the boy already had money, started to get angry again.
The little boy slowly counted out his money, then looked up at his father.
“Why do you want money if you already had some?” his 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 MORAL OF THIS STORY
This story is just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life.
We should not let precious time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts, our husbands, wives and children.
If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family & friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.
If you think about it, we pour more of ourselves into work than we do to into our family.
“It only takes a minute to have a crush, an hour to like someone and a day to love someone, but it takes a lifetime to forget someone”.
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