Sometimes our kids can surprise us in the most touching ways. This dad was busy at work, putting in overtime hours in order to support his family. Keeping a roof over your kid’s heads and food on the table is a tough job, and when our kids don’t seem to respect that fact, we can react with confusion or even anger. This dad learned that sometimes it’s better to ask questions than to jump to conclusions.
Once day, father was doing some work and his son came and asked, “Daddy, may I ask you a question?”
The father answered, “Yeah sure, what it is?”
So his son asked, “Dad, how much do you make an hour?”
His father got bit upset and said, “That’s none of your business. Why would you ask such a thing?”
“I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?”
So, father told him that “I make $18 per hour.”
“Oh”, the little boy replied, with his head down. Looking up, he said, “Dad, may I please borrow $14?”
The father furiously said, “if the only reason you asked about my pay is so that you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or other nonsense, then march yourself to your room and go to bed. Think why you are being so selfish. I work hard every day and do not like 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, “May be there was something he really needed to buy with that $14 and he really didn’t ask for money very often!” The man went to the door of little boy’s room and opened the door. “Are you a sleep, son?” He asked.
“No daddy, I’m awake,” replied the boy.
“I’ve been thinking and 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 $14 you asked for”.
The little boy sat straight up, smiling “oh thank you dad!” He yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled some crippled up notes. 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.
“Why do you want money if you already had some?” the father grumbled.
“Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,” the little boy replied. “Daddy I have $18 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 dumbstruck.
Sometimes, TIME is the most valuable thing of all. If you lose your job, you will be able to get a new one. If you lose your family, you’ll have a hole in your heart for the rest of your life. This is a very touching story.
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