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August 2nd, 2002, 09:35 PM #1
Received this today from a friend...
A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.
"Daddy, may I ask you a question?"
"Yeah sure, what is it?" replied the man.
"Daddy, how much do you make an hour?"
"That's 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, "Daddy, 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 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 $10 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 $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 grumbled.
"Because I didn't have enough, but now I do," the little boy replied. "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."
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August 4th, 2002, 09:56 PM #2
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ahhh, that is so touching. sweet and sad
August 5th, 2002, 08:50 AM #3
One weekend when we lived in Seattle and my husband worked for a bank, the whole crew was expected in for a weekend work-a-thon. The man*ger looked at one of the fellows and said, "See you this weekend". The fellow replied that there was no way he was coming in. The manager went ballistic and the fellow explained that in 50 years noone would remember his part in anything done at that bank. In 50 years he hoped that his kids would look back and have the greatest of memories of how their father never missed a weekend with them.
Thanks for sharing that, JustdoIt. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]
August 5th, 2002, 09:19 AM #4
Not quite as touching as this post, but here is one I got today that I thought I would share:
INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIFE
1. Take into account that great love and great achievements
involve great risk..
2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson..
3. Follow the three R's:
Respect for self,
Respect for others, and
Responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a
wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate
steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and
think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current
situation. Don't bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love
for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
August 5th, 2002, 12:24 PM #5
My youngest had a somewhat simplistic, yet important set of rules of life that he developed when he was six years old. Offhand I do not remember them all, but here are three that stuck out:
1. Never stick your tongue in the freezer.
2. Never place paper cups on a hot stove.
3. Never put your head in a dirty toilet.
Maybe not as far reaching, but important rules nonetheless, lol.
August 5th, 2002, 12:59 PM #6
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>1. Never stick your tongue in the freezer.
Ah, yes, I (Ouch) remember that one. For me it was:
1. Never eat popsicles outdoors in the winter. I learned that one the hard way (over and over).
August 6th, 2002, 05:27 AM #7
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Stop Once in a while??
I haven't even got started :eek:
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