Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Small Touching Story (Mainly For Professionals)

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?” 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 hour?”

DAD: “If you must know, I make Rs.100 an hour.”

SON: “Oh,” the little boy replied, with his head down. “Daddy, may I please borrow Rs.50?”

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 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 Rs.50 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 Rs.50 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 Rs.100 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 Rs.100 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 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.



  1. @ Deborah:- Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you a lot more.

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  2. I love that. In fact, I think there's a country song along that theme. Very sweet.

  3. that is enough to make any working parent cry! Very thought provoking.....

  4. This story reminds me how important it is to tell our love ones everyday how much we love them.

  5. excellent...just loved it...

  6. Good reminder for everybody, and touching too. I'm not sure that is exactly what you meant in parenthesis, but professionals like doctors and lawyers who charge on consultation time do have a higher propensity to be thus affected....

  7. @Jabblog:- Thanks a lot

    @Elizabeth:- Yup! I think it's a good reminder for those of whom are quite busy in their professional lives and do not have time for family. Thanks for visiting. Do come back again.

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  8. smiles. how apropo a we invest our time says much about us...and our children are our greatest investment...

  9. Great story! And thankyou for dropping by my blog also.

    How close to home this story is for me! As I'm sure it is for many of us. Some much needed perspective.

    Thank you!

  10. @Brian:- Sooo true... I absolutely agree to what you said. But people of today seem to be forgetting these rules. Thanks for stopping by. Do visit again.

    @Dan :- Yeah it is a story somehow all of us relate to. Thanks for visiting. Hope to see you again.

  11. Hello..coming by to visit this blog too..

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