Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Five More Minutes

--by ytk9z, posted Jul 1, 2008

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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Readers Comments

kiteflier wrote: 5 more minutes! (:
humility wrote: If i could spent 5 more minutes with my late mom. May her soul rest in peace. She was such a great mother,she raised six of us single handedly. She was such a phenomenal woman, a true philanthropist. Todd is a lucky dude.
Jesusfreak wrote: is that a true story?, well anyway its good.
Norman wrote: Yap, that's well said. Thanks for sharing.
Hana wrote: inspiring one! :)
lovebug wrote: Do I think. I have 5 more minutes? No, I do not. Yesterday is dead and gone, and I can't make up for my past mistakes, so I do the best I can today, that is all that anyone of us has
dazzle wrote: I love that story! What a way to look at life. I hope to have that kind of mindset everyday!
Sassy wrote: We should all take 5 more minutes. Everyone seems to be in such a rush these days. Thank you for sharing such an inspiring story.
sue wrote: We all need to think of others more than we do. God is so good to us. Your story touch my heart. I hope I can touch someone else.
sapna wrote: really..we dnt wat happens in next moment..heart touchng

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