USD 20 Worth of Time




A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.


「爸,我可以問你一個問題嗎 ?

Daddy, may I ask you a question?


Yes sure, what is it? replied the man




Daddy, how much do you make an hour?


thats none of your business, why do you ask such a thing? the man said angrily.



I just want to know, please tell me, how much do you make an hour? pleaded the little boy.




if you must know, I make $20 an hour


Oh, the little boy replied, with his head down, looking up, he said,


dad, may I please borrow $10?






The father was furious,

if the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a sill 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 long hard hours everyday and dont have time 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 boys questions.



他怎麼敢只為了錢而問這種問題 ?

How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?



After about an hour or so, the had calmed down, and started to think hey may have been a little hard on his son.


Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $10 and he really didnt ask for money very often.



The man went to the door of the little boys room and opened the door.


are you asleep, son? he asked.


no daddy, Im awake replied the boy.


Ive been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier, said the man.



Its been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you.  Heres the $10 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, seeing that the boy already had money, started to get angry again.


The little boy slowly counted out his money, then looked up at his father.


Why do you want more money if you already have some? the father grumble.



because I didnt have enough, but now I do, the little boy replied.

「爸,我現在20塊錢美金了,我可以向你買一個小時的時間嗎? 明天請早一點回家,我想和你一起吃晚餐。」

daddy, I have $20 now, can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow, I would like to have dinner with you.



Share this story with someone you like..but even better, share $20 worth of time with someone you love.



Its 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.


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  • Peony
  • 心有所感哪! 尤其在父權超強的回教國家,相信很多當爸爸的不清楚自己在孩子心目中的地位有多重要‧
    我上周還在跟我家的先生說, 工作當然重要但是如果不留意一轉眼孩子就長大了, 錯過陪伴孩子成長的時光, 以後一定會覺得很遺憾‧
  • LKK
  • 做父母的需多費心去了解孩子內心的想法