Here is a take on the busy lifestyle we all are victims of. Many a time it happens – we think we are grown up and mature – but the innocent little kids just prove us wrong. Here is one of such touching tale involving a dad and his little son.
A man came home from work late – worn out and irritated – to find his 5-year old son impatiently waiting for him at the door. And the conversation between the father and his little son went somewhat like this:
Son: Dad, wanna ask you a question.
Dad: Sure, go ahead.
Son: Dad, how much do you earn an hour?
Dad (angrily): That’s none of your business.
Son: Dad, plz. tell me, I want to know.
Dad: If you must know, I make $30 an hour.’
Son: ‘Oh,’ the little boy replied, with his head down. ‘Dad, may I borrow $10?’
The man was furious.
Dad: If the only reason you asked that silly question is to borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then move yourself straight to the room. Go to bed and think about why you are being so selfish. I don’t work hard everyday for such childish frivolities.
The little boy quietly went into his room.
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 an hour or so, the man calmed down a little, and started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $10. He really didn’t ask for money very often.
The man went to the little boy’s room and opened the door.
Dad: Are you asleep, son?
Son: No dad, I’m awake.
Dad: Maybe I was too hard on you earlier. It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here’s the $10 you asked for.
The little boy sat straight up, smiling. ‘Oh, thank you dad!’ he yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills.
The man saw that the boy already had money, and started to get angry again.
The little boy slowly counted his money, and then looked up at his dad.
Dad: Why do you want more money when you already have some?
Son: Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do.
Son: Dad, I have $30 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Dad, can you come home early tomorrow? I wanna have dinner with you.
The dad was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and begged for his forgiveness…
Moral of the Story
It’s a reminder to all of us working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our hand without having spent some quality time with our loved ones. Do remember to share that $30 worth time with someone you love.
If we die tomorrow, the company we are working for can easily replace us in no time. But the family and friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.