$5 worth

February 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm 5 comments

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

SON: ‘Mummy, may I ask you a question?’

MUM: ‘Yeah sure, what it is?’ replied the woman.

SON: ‘Mummy, how much do you make an hour?’

MUM: ‘That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?’ the woman
said angrily..

SON: ‘I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?’

MUM: ‘If you must know, I make $20 an hour.’

SON: ‘Oh,’ the little boy replied, with his head down.

SON: “Mummy, may I please borrow $5?”

The mother 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 don’t work hard everyday for such childish frivolities.’

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door..

The woman 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 woman had calmed down , and started to think:

Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $5 and he really
didn’t ask for money very often.The woman went to the door of the little
boy’s room and opened the door.

‘Are you asleep, son?’ She asked.

‘No Mummy, I’m awake,’ replied the boy

‘I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier’ said the woman.
‘It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here’s the $5
you asked for.’

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. ‘Oh, thank you Mummy!’ he yelled.
Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills.

The woman saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again.

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

‘Why do you want more money if you already have some?’ the mother grumbled.

‘Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,’ the little boy replied.

‘Mummy, 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.’

The mother was crushed. She put his arms around her little son, and she
begged for his forgiveness.

It’s 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. Do remember to
share that $20 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 & friends we leave behind will feel
the loss for the rest of their lives.

Source: Friendly E-mail


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. nadia  |  February 15, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Awww, I am moved by this story. Make me appreciate the fact that since we both work at the same place, we get to spend all the time together. Alhumdulillah.


  • 2. Behbood  |  February 18, 2010 at 7:42 am


  • 3. Specs  |  February 20, 2010 at 10:08 pm


    Great share, Masood 🙂

    ~Thanks 🙂

  • 4. lambaround  |  March 4, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Aaw, this is such a sweet little story! Thanks for sharing it! 🙂


    ~:-), Thanks.

  • 5. Anonymous  |  March 6, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Can i copy this story.. i wanna send it to some of my frens..

    ~ Sure!


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