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To Buy an Hour from Father

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[LV.10]以坛为家III

发表于 2009-11-17 11:03:15 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
212738_1247501847W8RI.gif A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year-old son waiting for him at the door.

“Daddy, may I ask you a question?”

“Yeah, sure, what is it?” replied the man.

“Daddy, how much do you make an hour?”

“That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?”the man said angrily. “ I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?” pleaded the little boy.

“If you must know, I mak $20 an hour.”

“Oh,” the little boy replied, with his head down. Looking up, he said, “ Daddy, may I please borrow $10?”

The father was furious, “If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buya silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think abot why you are being so selfish. I work hard everyday for such this childlish behaviour.”

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door. The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money? After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down,and started to think, maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $10 and he really didn’t ask for money very often.

The man went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door.

“Are you sleep, son?” he asked.

“No, daddy, I’m awake,” replied the boy.

“I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier,” said the man, “it’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here the $10 you asked for.”

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. “ Oh,thank you daddy!” he yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man, seeing that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, then looked up at his father.

“Why do you want more money if you already have some?” the father grumbled.

“Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,” the little boy replied. “Daddy, I have $20now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.”


男人带着一身的疲倦,恼火地回到家,这时天色已晚,他发现5岁的儿子在门口等着他。

“爸爸,可以问你个问题吗?”

“当然可以,想问什么?”男人答道。

“您一个小时能赚多少?”

“那和你没关系。为什么问这个?”男人生气了,“我想知道。请您告诉我,您一个小时赚多少钱?”小男孩哀求道。

“如果非要知道的话,告诉你,我一小时赚20美元。”

“哦,”小男孩的头低下了,然后又抬起来,说道:“爸爸,我可以向您借10美元买东西吗?”

男人暴怒:“如果你问这个问题,只是为了借钱买个愚蠢的玩具或一些废品,那你趁早滚到房间睡觉去。好好想想你这种自私的行为!我每天辛辛苦苦地工作,难道就是为了这种小孩子的行为?”

小男孩默默地回到房间,关上门。这时男人坐下来,更加恼怒。为什么他仅仅为了借钱却要问这个问题?大约一个小时后,男人平静下来,开始想:或许他真的需要10美元买东西呢?他可是从来不要钱的。

男人走到小男孩房门前,打开了门。

“睡了吗,儿子?”男人问道。

“没有呢,爸爸。”男孩问道。

“我一直在想,可能我刚才对你太过分了,”男人说,“我把一天的火儿都撒在你身上了。这是你要的10美元。”

小男孩顿时坐了起来,兴奋地叫道:“谢谢,老爸!”然后,他把手伸到枕头底下,摸出一叠皱巴巴的钞票。男人看到男孩手里揣着一把钱,又生气了。小男孩慢慢地数着钱,然后抬头望着父亲。

“你自己有钱,为什么还要向我借钱?”父亲抱怨道。

“因为我的钱不够,但现在够了。”小男孩答道。“爸爸,我现在有20美元。我能买您一个小时的时间吗?明天请早点回家,我想和您一起吃晚饭。”

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