A man came home from work late, tired and irritated,to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.
â€œDaddy, may I ask you a question?â€
â€œYeah sure, what is it?â€ replied the man.
â€œDaddy, how much do you make an hour?â€
â€œThatâ€™s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?â€ the man said angrily.
â€œI just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?â€ pleaded the little boy.
â€œIf you must know, I make $20 an hour.â€
â€œOh,â€ the little boy replied, with his head down.
Looking up, he said,â€Daddy, may I please borrow $10?â€ The father was furious, â€œIf 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 work long hard hours everyday and donâ€™t have time for such this childish behaviour.â€
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 boyâ€™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:
He may have been a little hard on his son. Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $10 and he really didnâ€™t ask for money very often.
The man went to the door of the little boyâ€™s room and opened the door.
â€œAre you asleep, son?â€ He asked.
â€œNo daddy, Iâ€™m awake,â€replied the boy.
â€œIâ€™ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier,â€ said the man.
â€œItâ€™s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Hereâ€™s the $10 you asked for.â€
The little boy sat straight up, smiling. â€œOh, thank you daddy!â€ 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, then looked up at his father.
â€œWhy do you want more money if you already have some?â€ the father grumbled.
â€œBecause I didnâ€™t have enough, but now I do,â€ the little boy replied.
â€œDaddy, I have $20 now. Can I buy an hour of your time?
Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.â€
Share this story with someone you likeâ€¦. But even better, share $20 worth of time with someone you love. Itâ€™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.
Seized the day, never have regrets.
Love the one you care and care the one you love.