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Friday, October 10, 2008

May I borrow $25?

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Received the following email from a friend, though many of you may have read it before:


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?"

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 $50 an hour."

SON: "Oh," the little boy replied, with his head down. "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 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 $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.


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  • At Friday, October 10, 2008 3:34:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    虽 然 读 过 这 故 事 , 但 依 然 觉 得 是 个 很 温 馨 的 一 个 故 事 。

  • At Friday, October 10, 2008 7:53:00 PM , Blogger articulator said...

    that's why i tink...betta not to have lah..if i have no time for my own kid, what's the point of bringing up another wretched soul in tis world? that's one indirect child abuse isn't it ?
    unfortunately, singapore too bloody stressful already, don't even talk abt having a kid...

    but of coz for some, it's worth the sweat , blood and tears lah...

  • At Friday, October 10, 2008 8:12:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Read this long ago.
    There's quite alot of versions
    but it never fails to bring emotions to me.


  • At Saturday, October 11, 2008 9:56:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Work-Life balance is so important.
    However, parents nowadays seems to compensate their lack of time with kids by buying them gadgets / toys!

    Ir's really rare to see such sensible kids nowadays - but i guess the story will make people think twice about the importance of kinship over work / personal achievement

  • At Saturday, October 11, 2008 3:11:00 PM , Blogger Whiskoffee said...


  • At Sunday, October 12, 2008 7:40:00 PM , Blogger The Bimbo said...

    .... tears immediately welled up. All your fault la Lao Beng!

    But it's so true. And it hurts the children the most cos they don't understand at all...

    I share your story on my FB ok?

  • At Sunday, October 12, 2008 7:47:00 PM , Blogger Just another guy said...

    Sounds like 小孩不笨2。 Terry selling his pokimon cards and stealing so to raise money to buy 1 hrs of his dad's time to watch his play.

  • At Monday, October 13, 2008 9:15:00 AM , Blogger Old Beng said...

    Don Lim
    Yes, you are right, even though I have read it, I still like it very much.

    At this stage you may think likewise but as one grows older, mindset may change.

    Indeed there are a few different versions but this is one I received recently.

    Yes, you are right dude. It sure make me ponder more.

    Why =_=" ? Did the story hit you?

    Of course you can share the story in your Facebook cos I got it from my friend and I shared it here.

    Hmmm, yes now that you mentioned about it, I remembered it too. Guess good things are shared all over.

  • At Monday, October 13, 2008 4:39:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    like this story though read many times... never fails to make mi tear...

  • At Thursday, October 16, 2008 12:25:00 PM , Blogger Mockingbird said...

    Touching :)

    Problem is: As human beings, we more often than not, take for granted our loved ones whom we see day in day out, thinking they will always be around...

  • At Thursday, October 23, 2008 3:06:00 PM , Blogger Old Beng said...

    Yes indeed, it's a nice story

    You are right, we always take things for granted to our close ones than to our colleagues and friends. This is just not right.


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