Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Can I Borrow $25

I got this little story/poem (parable if you want to call it that) in an email and in the spirit of busyness this Christmas season I thought it was a GREAT reminder of what's really important and that's our families. May you be blessed by this as much as I was. ~Melissa

Can I Borrow $25?

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 said angrily.
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 everyday 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 s lip 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 you love.

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.'

Enjoy the Journey,

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10 Mel's World Friends Comments:

Molly 9:10 AM  

Oh wow.

Great story (and reminder)

justabeachkat 9:16 AM  

Oh Mel, what a wonderful message to us all. It's not just about little children and their dads. It's about all of us taking the time to really "BE" with those we love. Our time together is worth so much more than money. Thank you for sharing this.

Christmas hugs!

Mari 9:57 AM  

That's a very touching story with such a good lesson. Thanks for sharing it.

Mel's World 10:00 AM  

Molly, see...I told you it was powerful!

Kat, I TOTALLY agree, it is something for ALL of us!

Mari, you are so very welcome, it's good to see you here (and twitter too!)

Mom2three 10:25 AM  

I've read this before, but thanks for sharing it in the time where we let things get too busy and focus on things that aren't that important...

2TooManyHats 2:07 PM  

Yes, a great reminder! It actually makes me thankful for the dh I have as he spends so much time with the kids. It makes me thankful that I am able to do the same daily.

Tammy 8:41 PM  

Thanks for sharing such a touching story that serves as a good reminder!

Nancy 9:04 PM  

Oh Wow is that ever touching!!! If only more Dads would get this message the world would change.

SharonB 12:33 PM  

Wonderful post Melissa! May we remember that this can also apply to many moms!

Susan 12:55 PM  

Wow...that's a "Cats in the Cradle" kind of moment! Thanks for sharing.

:-) Susan

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