Dad? Can I Borrow Some Money?

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

“Daddy, may I ask you a question?”
“Yeah son, what is it?”
“Daddy, how much do you make an hour?”
“That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?”
“I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?”
“If you must know, I make $50 an hour.”

The little boy hung his head, saying softly, “Oh.” Then he asked, “May I please borrow $25?” The father was furious, “Is that the only reason you asked? So you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense? Then you can 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 man 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 man had calmed down, and he started to think.  Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $25, and he really didn’t ask for money very often. The man went to his son’s room and opened the door.

“Are you asleep, son?”
“No Daddy, I’m awake”
“I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier.  It was a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here’s the $25 you asked for.”

The little boy sat straight up, smiling and shouting, “Oh, thank you!”.  Then he reached under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills.  When the man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again.  The little boy slowly counted out his money, and happily smiled up at his 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 boy 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.”

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