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Monday, August 4, 2008

Would you lend your child money but not your time?

This was sent to me in an e-mail by one of my listeners Carol Carmichael, who owns Carol's Restaurant and Hometown Sports Deli in the Historic West End of PIttsburgh. I thought, as a grandmother that it was important enough a parable to share.

For those of us with kids, something to ponder..........

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
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

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

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