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Can I Borrow $25?

Can I Borrow $25?
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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 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 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 and friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.

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Always remember what’s most important to you!

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Donnette says:

This was a very touching story and the moral is so true. We spend so much of our lives thinking about what we DON’T HAVE and how to acquire it and we don’t put the same energy into appreciating what we DO HAVE and what is most important to us.

Persuasion says:

I am inspired. The guy really know how to persuade his dad in a non-hostile way.

Joan says:

That was a powerful story with a powerful message. Our loved ones need us more than anyone else in this world.

HungYin says:

Thank you for sharing SJ! 😀

Clement Chee says:

I think you are probably from Singapore. If you are, this story reminds me of Jack Neo’s movie – I Not Stupid II.

Jack Neo’s son stole money from the school canteen so that he could have enough money to buy one hour from his father – for $500.

Very touching story you have got there.

Thanks for sharing.

Clement Chee
http://www.The-Excellence-Blog.com

Avani-Mehta says:

Have come across this story earlier. It doesn’t fail to touch me every time I read it.