What Really Matters


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?”

Daddy: – “Yeah sure, what it is?”

Son: – “Dad, how much do you make an hour?

Daddy: – “That's none of your business. Why you ask such a thing?”
that man said angrily

Son: -” I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an

Daddy: -” If you must know, I make $50 an hour.” “Oh,” the little
boy replied, with his head down, looking up, he said, “Dad, may I
please borrow $30?”

The father was furious,” If the only reason u asked that is so u 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 everyday for you to have such childish behaviour?”

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
$30 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 asleep,
son?” He asked. No daddy, I'm awake,” replied the boy.

I've been thinking, may be 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 $30 you asked for.”

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. “Oh thank you dad!” He yelled.
Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled some crumpled up bills.
The man seeing that the boy already had money, started to get angry

The little boy slowly counted out his money, then looked up at his
father.” Why do you want 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”.

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.

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