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Just 5 More Minutes, Dad

It's just a busy time right now and there are a lot of things going on. My son Brady has been asking me to play with him, and I keep putting him off because I've had some time-sensitive work that needs to be done. My friend sent this story to me, and I thought I'd share it with you. It certainly gave me the priority check I needed. 

All the Time in the World (or Just 5 More Minutes, Dad)
Author Unknown


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 son on the swing in the blue sweater." Then, looking at his watch, he called to his son. "What do you say we go, Todd?" 

Todd pleaded, "Just five more minutes, Dad. Please? Just five more minutes."

The man nodded and Todd continued to swing to his heart's content. 

Minutes passed and the father stood and called again to his son. "Time to go now?" 

Again Todd pleaded, "Five more minutes, Dad. Just five more minutes."

The man smiled and said, "Okay." 

"My, you certainly are a patient father," the woman responded. 

The man smiled and replied with a regretful smile, "My older son Tommy was killed by a drunk driver last year while he was riding his bike near here. I never spent much 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 Todd. He thinks he has five more minutes to swing. The truth is, I get five more minutes to watch him play."

Life is all about making priorities, what are your priorities? Give someone you love just five more minutes of your time today!

Co-host of Afternoons with Jack & Erin on SHINE-FM.