We are all familiar with the end of play time. Sometimes, the kids have been running around for so long that they tire themselves out. Those are the best days – by the time we say, “it’s time to go home” they don’t make any arguments and usually fall asleep in the car. But there are other days when it seems that they have endless amounts of energy, and they BEG for “five more minutes!” In this dad’s case, he just couldn’t say no when his daughter begged for more time at the playground.
While at the park one day, a woman sat down next to a man on a bench near a playground. “That’s my son over there,” she said, pointing to a little boy in a red sweater who was gliding down the slide. “He’s a fine looking boy” the man said. “That’s my daughter on the bike in the white dress.”
Then, looking at his watch, he called to his daughter. “What do you say we go, Melissa?” Melissa pleaded, “Just five more minutes, Dad. Please? Just five more minutes.” The man nodded and Melissa continued to ride her bike to her heart’s content. Minutes passed and the father stood and called again to his daughter. “Time to go now?”
Again Melissa pleaded, “Five more minutes, Dad. Just five more minutes.”
The man smiled and said, “OK.”
“My, you certainly are a patient father,” the woman responded.
The man smiled and then said, “Her older brother Tommy was killed by a drunk driver last year while he was riding his bike near here. I never spent much time with Tommy and now I’d give anything for just five more minutes with him. I’ve vowed not to make the same mistake with Melissa. She thinks she has five more minutes to ride her bike. The truth is, I get five more minutes to watch her play.”
While I would absolutely love to let my kids play outside until they are totally exhausted from playing, but life still goes on. I still have to get dinner ready and give everyone baths and get them all ready for school the next day. But every now and then…does five extra minutes of fun really hurt anybody? No, I don’t think so. It’s fine kids! Have 5 more minutes. 🙂
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