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July 22, 2024

As 2007 comes to a close and we begin a new year, I’m reminded of a story I received about a daughter and her father that I thought would be appropriate to share with our blog readers.  I hope for those who are parents, you enjoy this message as much as I did when I first read it.

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

Daughter: “Daddy, may I ask you a question?”

Dad: “Yeah sure, what is your question?” replied the man.

Daughter: “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.

Daughter: “I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?”

Dad: “If you must know, I make $50 an hour.”

Daughter: “Oh, ” the little girl replied, with her head down.

Daughter: “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, ” said the father. “Think about why you are being so selfish. I don’t work hard everyday for such childish frivolities.” The little girl quietly went to her room and shut the door.

The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little girl’s questions. How dare her 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 she really needed to buy with that twenty-five dollars and she really didn’t ask for money very often.

The man went to the door of the little girl’s room and opened the door. “Are you asleep?” he asked his daughter. “No daddy, I’m awake, ” replied the girl. “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 girl sat straight up, smiling.

“Oh, thank you daddy!” She yelled, and then, reaching under her pillow she pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the girl already had money, and he started to get angry again.

The little girl slowly counted out her money, and then
looked up at her 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 girl 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 daughter, and he begged for her forgiveness.

This is just a short reminder to all of us who work 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 and friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.
Ron Goch,
The Telios Group
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