Father’s Schedule 父親的行程表

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提要
孩子希望從父母那裡得到的,並不是多麼貴重的禮物,而是父母的陪伴。孩子最在乎的,不是在他身上花了多少錢,而是為他花了多少時間。
Nick was a 10-year-old boy. He was the only son to his parents. Nick’s father was a very busy businessman who could not spend time with his son.
He came home after Nick slept, and was off to office before Nick woke up in the morning. Nick yearned for his father’s attention. He wishes to go outdoors and play with his father just as his friends did.
One day, Nick was surprised to see his father at home in the evening.
“Dad, it is so happy to see you at home,” Nick said.
“Yes son, my meeting was canceled. So I’m at home. But after two hours I have to catch a flight,” his father replied.
“When will you be back?”
“Tomorrow noon.”
Nick was in deep thought for a while. Then he asked, “Dad, how much do you earn in a year?”
Nick’s father was taken aback. He said, “My dear son, it’s a very big amount and you won’t be able to understand it.”
“Ok dad, are you happy with the amount you earn?”
“Yes, my dear. I’m very happy, and in fact, I’m planning to launch our new branch and a new business in a few months. Isn’t that great?”
“Yes, dad. I’m happy to hear that. Can I ask you one more question?”
“Yes, dear child.”
“Dad, can you tell me how much you earn in a day or even half a day?”
“Nick, why are you asking this question?” Nick’s father was perplexed.
But Nick was persistent. “Please answer me. Can you please tell me how much you earn in an hour?”
Nick’s father gave in and replied, “It will be around $ 25 per hour.”
Nick ran to his room upstairs and came down with his piggy bank that contained his savings.
“Dad, I have $50 in my piggy bank. Can you spare two hours for me? I want to go to the beach and have dinner with you tomorrow evening. Can you please mark this in your schedule?”
Nick’s father was speechless for quite a long time, then he called his firm to cancel the flight, “I’m taking three days off starting tonight because I want to spend some quality time with my son!”
The greatest gift a parent can give his child is time, which is money can’t buy.
解說
尼克是個十歲的男孩、家中的獨子。尼克的父親是一個非常忙碌的商人,沒有時間與兒子相處。
他在尼克睡覺後回到家,又在尼克早上醒來前就出門上班。尼克渴望父親的關注,他希望能像他的朋友那樣,到戶外和父親一起玩。
有一天,尼克很驚喜地看到他父親晚上在家。
「爸爸,在家看到你真開心。」尼克說。
「是的,兒子,我的會議取消了。所以我在家,但是兩個小時後我還得須趕飛機。」父親回答。
「你什麼時候回來?」
「明天中午。」
尼克沉思了一會兒。然後他問道:「爸爸,你一年賺多少錢?」
尼克的父親吃了一驚。他說:「我親愛的兒子,那是一個非常龐大的數字,你應該無法理解的。」
「好的,爸爸,那麼你對你的收入金額滿意嗎?」
「是啊,親愛的,我很滿意,事實上,我計畫在幾個月內開創新的分行、處理新業務,不是很棒嗎?」
「是的,爸爸,我很高興聽到這個消息。我可以問你一個問題嗎?」
「親愛的孩子請說。」
「爸爸,你能告訴我你一天或是半天的收入是多少嗎?」
「尼克,你為什麼問這個問題?」尼克的父親感到困惑。
但尼克不放棄,「請回答我,你一小時賺多少錢?」
尼克的父親屈服了並回答說:「大約每小時二十五美元。」
尼克跑到他樓上的房間,帶著他的小豬撲滿下來。
「爸爸,我的撲滿裡存了五十美元。能為我保留兩個小時嗎?我想明天去海邊玩,跟你一起吃晚餐。可以請你在行程表中註明嗎?」
尼克的父親很長一段時間內都說不出話來,然後,他打電話給他的公司取消兩個小時後的飛機:「我從今晚開始請假三天,因為我要跟兒子共度美好時光!」
父母能給孩子的最好的禮物就是時間,錢買不到的時間。

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