Can I Borrow $25?
Shirley of Covina, CA
man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his
5-year old son waiting for him at the door.
may I ask you a question?'
sure, what is it?' replied the man.
how much do you make an hour?'
none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?' the man said
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.'
the little boy replied, with his head down.
may I please borrow $25?'
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.'
boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.
The man sat
down and started to get even angrier about his son's questions.
he ask such questions only to get some money?'
After about an hour
or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think:
was something he really needed to buy with that $25.00, and he
really doesn't ask for money very often.
The man went
to the door of his son's room and opened the door.
'Are you asleep, son?' He asked.
I'm awake,' replied his son.
thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier' said the man.
a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the $25
you asked for.'
boy sat straight up, smiling. 'Oh, thank you daddy!' He yelled.
under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills.
man saw that his son already had money, started to get angry again.
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.
didn't have enough, but now I do,' his son replied.
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.'
was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged
for his forgiveness.
* * *
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.
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.
my house to yours:
light of God surrounds us,
love of God enfolds us,
power of God protects us,
presence of God watches over us,
we are God is and all is well.'