Have you ever been at the park and noticed a dad there with his daughter or son? Maybe you see him sitting on a bench while his child plays or watch him running around the playground joining in the fun.
Often in life, the most important lessons are found in the most surprising places. And this particular dad had a very important story to share. This may hit you hard in the feels but it will be worth it!
Daughter Asks Dad for 5 More Minutes to Play – His Response Shocks Woman Next to Him
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 daughter on the bike in the white dress.”
Then, looking at his watch, he called to his daughter. “What do you say we go, Melissa?”
Melissa pleaded, “Just five more minutes, Dad. Please? Just five more minutes.”
The man nodded and Melissa continued to ride her bike to her heart’s content. Minutes passed and the father stood and called again to his daughter. “Time to go now?”
Again, Melissa pleaded, ” Fire more minutes, Dad. Just five more minutes.”
The man smiled and said, “OK.”
“My, you certainly are a patient father,” the woman responded.
The man smiled and then he said, “Her older brother Tommy was killed by a drunk driver last year while he was riding his bike near here. I never spent must 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 Melissa.
She thinks she has five more minutes to ride her bike. The truth is, I get five more minutes to watch her play.”
We can rarely anticipate when someone we love will leave our lives for good. That’s why it is absolutely vital to remember to give those you love the time you’ll wish you had if you lost them.
Let this inspire you to give someone you love five more minutes of your time today. Pass it on!