Just 5 More Minutes
While at the park one day, a woman sat down next to a lady 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 lady said. “That’s my son on the swing in the blue sweater.” Then, looking at her watch, she called to his son. “What do you say we go, Sameer?”
Smaeer pleaded, “Just five more minutes, Mummy. Please? Just five more minutes.” The lady nodded and Sameer continued to swing to his heart’s content.
Minutes passed and the mother stood and called again to her son. “Time to go now?” Again Sameer pleaded, “Five more minutes, Mum. Just five more minutes.” The lady smiled and said, “O.K.”
“My, you certainly are a patient mother,” the woman responded.
The lady smiled and then said, “My older son Haitham was killed in a road accident last year while he was riding his bike near here. I never spent as much time with Haitham as I could have, and now I ‘d give anything for just five more minutes with him. I’ve vowed not to make the same mistake with Sameer. He thinks he has five more minutes to swing. The truth is, I get five more minutes to watch him play.”
While I was reading the story above this morning, I counted the times I spent with my son everyday and thanks God, I have enough time for him. We used to take our son to the park and sometimes to Future kids every weekend to play with other kids since being confined in the 4 corners of our home for 5 days playing with adults, watching cartoon shows or playing with his toys alone were definitely boring epecially on his age. I can see how happy he was and how he enjoyed playing with the kids in the park everytime we went there. One hour was not enough for him and everytime I called him to say it’s time to go, he will repeatedly said “Mama this is last” and it seemed that “last” for him means forever. We patienly waited for him until he will be satisfied.
Kids are gift from God, we should cherish the few minutes that we spent with them. Their happiness is the fulfillment of every parent’s dream.