Spend all the time you can with loved ones

The Outpost - - Chaplain’s Corner - By Maj. Ron­ald Beltz

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 daugh­ter on the bike in the white dress.”

Then, look­ing at his watch, he called to his daugh­ter. “What do you say we go?”

The lit­tle girl pleaded, “Just five more min­utes, Dad. Please? Just five more min­utes.”

The man nod­ded and she con­tin­ued to ride her bike to her heart’s con­tent. Min­utes passed and the fa­ther stood and called again to his daugh­ter. “Time to go now?”

Again she pleaded, “Five more min­utes, Dad. Just five more min­utes.”

The man smiled and said, “OK.” “My, you cer­tainly are a pa­tient fa­ther,” the woman re­sponded.

The man smiled and then said, “Her older brother was killed by a drunk driver last year while he was rid­ing his bike near here. I never spent much time with him and now I’d give any­thing for just five more min­utes with him. I’ve vowed not to make the same mis­take with my daugh­ter. She thinks she has five more min­utes to ride her bike. The truth is, I get five more min­utes to watch her play.”

Life is all about mak­ing pri­or­i­ties, and fam­ily is one and only pri­or­ity on top of all other, so spend all the time you can with loved ones.

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