"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 other nonsense, then you march
straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you're being
selfish. I work long, hard hours everyday and don't have time for
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
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
"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!" he yelled.
Then, reaching under his pillow, he pulled out some
more 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 the man.
"Why did you want more money if you already had some?" the father
"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?"
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