A friend of mine sent this to me via email, I usually don’t pay attention to these, but I really liked this one. I’m thankful that my dad was always home for dinner and why I try to get home to have dinner with my family every night.
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
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 every day 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. Do remember to share that $50 worth of your time with someone
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.
From my house to yours
‘The light of God surrounds us.
The love of God enfolds us.
The power of God protects us.
The presence of God watches over us.
Wherever we are God is and all is well.’
From my home to yours – enjoy.