scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Be thankful for them
Tue Nov 23 1999 - 23:34:37 CST
This one reminds me to be thankful for the little things in my life.. well
they arent so little anymore.. but still little in my eyes...
How Much Daddy.
The man came home from work late again,
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 money do you make an hour?"
"That's none of your business!
What makes 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 $20.00 an hour."
"Oh," the little boy replied, head bowed.
Looking up, he said,
"Daddy, may I borrow $10.00 please?"
The father was furious.
"If the only reason you wanted to
know how much money I make
is just so you can borrow some
to buy a silly toy or some nonsense,
then you march yourself straight to your room
and go to bed. Think about why
you're being so selfish.
I work long, hard hours everyday
and don't have time
for such childish games."
The little boy quietly went
to his room and shut the door.
The man sat down and started to get even madder
about the little boy's questioning.
How dare he ask such questions
only to get some money.
After an hour or so,
the man had calmed down,
and started to think he may have
been a little hard on his son.
Maybe there was something he really
needed to buy with that $10.00,
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?"
"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 my aggravation out on you.
Here's that $10.00 you asked for."
The little boy sat straight up, beaming.
"Oh, thank you daddy!"
Then, reaching under his pillow, he pulled out
some more crumpled bills.
The man, since the boy already had money,
started to get angry again.
The little boy slowly
counted out his money,
then looked up at the man.
"Why did you want more money
if you already had some?" the father grumbled.
"Because I didn't have enough,
but now I do," the little boy replied.
"Daddy, I have $20.00 now.
Can I buy an hour of your time?"
Redwood Empire, Yokayo District BSA
District Secretary, District Training Chair
Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Scouting for our Country's Future!
Yokay District web page and Calendar can be found at: