Day 85 // Time In a Bottle


DAUGHTER: “Mommy, may I ask you a question?” 

MOM: “Sure, what is it?” 

DAUGHTER: “Mommy, how much do you make an hour?”
MOM: “Well, that really is none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?”
DAUGHTER: “I just want to know. Please tell me! How much do you make an hour?”
MOM: “If you must know, I make $100 an hour.”
DAUGHTER: “Oh! (With her head down).
DAUGHTER: “Mommy, may I please borrow $50?”

The mother was furious.

MOM: “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 work hard each day and this is such childish behavior.”

The little girl quietly went to her room and shut the door.

The mother sat down and started to get even angrier about the little girl’s questions. How dare she ask such questions only to get some money?

After about an hour or so, the mother had calmed down and began to think. Maybe there was something she really needed to buy with that $50. After all, she rarely asks for money. So the mother went to the door of the little girl’s room and opened it.

MOM: “Are you asleep, sweetie?” 

DAUGHTER: “No Mommy, I’m awake.”

MOM: “I’ve been thinking. Maybe I was too hard on you earlier. It has been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here’s the $50 you asked for.”

The little girl sat straight up…smiling.

DAUGHTER: “Oh, thank you Mommy!”

Then, reaching under her pillow she pulled out some crumpled up bills. The mother saw that the girl already had money and began to get angry again. The little girl slowly counted out her money and then looked up at her mother.

MOM: “Why do you want more money if you already have some?” 

DAUGHTER: “Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do. 

MOM: “I don’t understand.”

DAUGHTER: “Mommy, I have $100 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 her arms around her little girl and begged for her forgiveness.

This is 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 $100 worth of your time with someone you love – both you and they are worth it. If something happened to you tomorrow, the company that you work for could easily replace you in a matter of days. But the family and friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.