Just read this little story. I found it very touching and want to share it with you.
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 is it?”
SON: “Daddy, how much do you make an hour?”
DAD: “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?”
DAD: “If you must know, I make $100 an hour.”
SON: “Oh! (With his head down).
SON: “Daddy, may I please borrow $50?”
The father was furious.
DAD: “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 work hard everyday for such this 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 $ 50 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.
DAD: “Are you asleep, son?”
SON: “No daddy, I’m awake”.
DAD: “I’ve been thinking, 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 $50 you asked for.”
The little boy sat straight up, smiling.
SON: “Oh, thank you daddy!”
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.
DAD: “Why do you want more money if you already have some?”
SON: “Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do.
“Daddy, I have $100 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 $100 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 days. But the family and friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family.
Some things are more important.
(Author? If anyone knows the name of the author please let me know, article found by GreatDad Writers)
26 Replies to “What is important? A story of a little boy”
Yes it’s lovely I ve read this before
There’s something to be learned from here, Such as patience and most of all forgiveness. Like when the son didn’t get discouraged from his dad being angry and of thinking things through before speaking. beautiful story 🙂
Thanks a lot for your comment! You are so right in what you said: patience and forgiveness is so important.
Thanks a lot!
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Understanding and patience is key to parenting, this is such a beautiful story. 🙂
Thanks for reblogging the story and thanks for your comment! Really appreciate it!
My pleasure! I love the message in this post 🙂
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Great story and reminder, thanks for sharing! 😊
Thanks for your comment! Appreciate it!
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Please forward this story. 😀
How sweet, I had never read that before, thanks for sharing it Tabea
Thanks a lot Paula!
Wow…Thank you for posting this colouryourdream and for reblogging it andy1076. Made me cry…and feel more than a little convicted.
Thanks a lot for your honest comment!
Reblogged this on Wild Heart Scribe and commented:
Thank you for posting this colouryourdream and reblogging it andy1076. I know I needed a wake-up call and this was it! 🙂
Beautiful and heart tugging! (and tear making too)
Blessings ~ Wendy
Touching, too much busy-ness does wind us up and little people do need to feel loved.
Thanks for your comment and for stopping by!
That is a moving story. Thank you for sharing! Most people prioritize work and money than family….
Thanks Amy for your comment! True what you wrote!
A very moving account which shows you that time crowned with a spirit of love is of utmost importance in our lives.
Thanks for taking time to read and comment!