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Can I borrow $25?
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?' 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
DAD: 'If you must know, I make $50 an hour.'
SON: 'Oh,' the little boy replied, with his head down.
SON: '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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rwyyattb said:
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.
One should ponder on this last sentence a little more. :roll: We always say "if only I would have..." when someone passes away, when there was always time if we would have taken it.

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Raised my kids by that, never missed a sporting event, school event or any other activity because of work. My son had a friend in 8th grade tell him how lucky he was to have the parents he had. He lived less than 2 miles from school and his would not pick him up after basketball practice. He lived on very busy and dangerous road, we lived 23 miles from school and were there everyday. We took his friend home so he could play ball. I asked my son what he thought about that and he said he thought his friend was right. Big statement for an 8th grader. We have had a great relationship and I believe it is do to supporting him and just being there for him. Seems like I blinked and it was over, if your now raising your kids spend time with them and support them. Also don't forget to HUG them, they will be grown before you know it. My kids ran me crazy and I use to think I can't wait till this is over, I miss it like you wouldn't believe and I am bored as can be. If it wasn't for a little Hot Rod building I believe life would almost suck. Enjoy family, it doesn't get any better in my book.

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I miss alot of my kids events. It is a trade off in the oilfield. I work less days then a monday to friday job per year but I don't get to pick when I am home. Some soccer seasons I see almost every game and some I don't see a single one. I have been broke and not broke and at least my wife realizes the difference.
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