Five More Minutes !

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, “O.K.”

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

The man smiled and then said, “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 5 more minutes of your time today.

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8 thoughts on “Five More Minutes !”

  1. Very beautiful. We need to learn to slow down and treasure the time we have. Live for today. Tomorrow or five minutes is not guaranteed.

    I agree that it can be applied to many things we do daily.

    Much love to all.

  2. I love your post. Not so much because of the story (I’m sure there are many out there like it) but because it is well written AND thoughtful. I would have to say, in response to the people above, that life can be this way. We just have to choose to make it so, usually at the times we don’t feel inspired to do so.

    Colby
    colbystream.wordpress.com

  3. Nice post. True we have so little time and we plan for the lifetime. Five more minutes! Live the present and let the tomorrow come and plan by itself. Good work

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