4 August 2013

Daddy, Can I Borrow?

I don't usually write about poignant things that I have seen on the inter-web but after seeing this, I just had to share. I think it shows just how much kids do pick up on and how much they just want to spend time with their family. 

Daddy, can I borrow?
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 is it?"

SON: "Daddy, how much do you make an hour?"

DAD: "That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?"

SON: "I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?"

DAD: "If you must know, I make £10 an hour."

SON: "Oh! (With his head down).
SON: "Daddy, may I please borrow £5?"

The father was furious.

DAD: "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 work hard everyday for such 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:
Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that £5 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.

DAD: "Are you asleep, son?"

SON: "No daddy, I'm awake".

DAD: "I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier. It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the £5 you asked for."

The little boy sat straight up, smiling.
SON: "Oh, thank you daddy!"

Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up money. 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.

DAD: "Why do you want more money if you already have some?"

SON: "Because I didn't have enough, but now I do.

"Daddy, I have £10 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 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 slip 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 £10 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 days. But the family and friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family.
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  1. This is so wonderful and so true. Thank you for sharing this, it made my day.

  2. A great reminder of what is important in life and that our time is money. And also if we are not careful, our life is money.

  3. My partner, fortunately has never been like that, he has always put his children above anything and anyone else........unlike their mother, unfortunately :( (Not me, by the way!)

  4. Aww, definitely a great reminder to spend as much time as possible with our loved ones x

  5. I agree with Bex - we should cherish every moment!

  6. A lesson to be learned by all parents here - it's so easy to treat work as "all-important" and actually forget why you need to go out to work in the first place! Family comes first and it should be preferable to maybe earn a little less perhaps and spend more time with you family.

  7. awww deffo a reminder for us all x

  8. Such a great reminder

  9. I thought this was really sad. It's a reminder of what is important to children. Spending time with them is priceless.

  10. Children arent little for long <3

  11. This is a brilliant story! :')

    (James Yeoman)

  12. That was very moving and very true!

  13. Annie Costa @LaaMoii2 September 2013 at 20:34

    Brilliant story,very true.