There is something that is important to each and every one of us. It is something that once we experience it, we can never get it back…and that is…time. There are so many times in our lives that we wish that we had more time doing something we enjoy or spending time with friends and people we love. Unfortunately, there are those moments which we wish we never experienced and would want nothing more than to totally forget that they ever existed.
Today’s story gives us a heart wrenching reminder to use the time that we are given in our lives to fully spend our time and focus on the good things in life.
While at the park one day, a woman sat down next to a man on a bench near a playground. “That’s my son over there,” she said, pointing to a little boy in a red sweater who was gliding down the slide.
“He’s a fine looking boy,” the man said. “That’s my son on the swing in the blue sweater.” Then, looking at his watch, he called to his son. “What do you say we go, Todd?”
Todd pleaded, “Just five more minutes, Dad. Please? Just five more minutes.” The man nodded and Todd continued to swing to his heart’s content.
Minutes passed and the father stood and called again to his son. “Time to go now?”
Again Todd pleaded, “Five more minutes, Dad. Just five more minutes.” The man smiled and said, “Okay.”
“My, you certainly are a patient father,” the woman responded.
The man smiled and then said, “My older son Tommy was killed by a drunk driver last year while he was riding his bike near here. I never spent much time with Tommy and now I’d give anything for just five more minutes with him. I’ve vowed not to make the same mistake with Todd.
“He thinks he has five more minutes to swing. The truth is . . .
I get five more minutes to watch him play.”
Enjoy your time…EVERY DAY!!
– Author Unknown / See more at: http://www.shortstories101.com
Great lesson. Thank you for sharing it!
Time is a commodity that we sometimes fail to appreciate. Love your post!
Such a beautiful and touching story.
Thanks for sharing that perspective. We all need these types of reminders.
very very touching thank you for sharing
Reblogged this on 52 Sundays and commented:
If your child hands you a toy phone and says its for you, take the call! Thanks Coach for the reminder that tomorrow is not guarantee.
Excellent post Coach, had to share this!