I’m just curious, are you investing as much time as you’d like with your family? How often do you turn down you’re child’s request to play with you? The following story will show you the importance of making time for your loved ones.
Simon walked into his father’s home office. The man was typing away on a computer.
“Dad, will you come outside and play baseball with me?”
“Sorry, Simon,” replied Nathan. “I can’t right now.”
“Can we play when you’re done with work?”
“No, I won’t have time. Work just got a new client, and now I have all this homework to do tonight. Maybe this weekend.”
Dejectedly, Simon left the room.
Eight years went by, and Nathan was sitting in front of the TV with friends. His eldest daughter, Daisy, walked in and stood near him.
“Daddy, can we go to the park?” she asked.
“Not right now,” Nathan answered, looking over his daughter’s head. “This is the big game. I want to see our team win.”
“Can we go when the game’s over?”
“It’ll be dark by then. Maybe tomorrow.”
Daisy left the room as Nathan and his friends cheered a touchdown.
Five years later, Nathan passed away. His spirit arose from its body. He looked down to see that he was hovering over a hospital bed.
Nathan’s body was surrounded by mourning family and friends. As he looked at the small crowd, he noticed some people missing. Those people were Daisy and Simon. Nathan wondered why two of his children were missing from his deathbed.
Brooke, his 6-year-old daughter, was sitting beside the bed. However, she wasn’t focused on her father. Her gaze was on a handheld video game she was playing.
Surprised, Nathan watched her for awhile. How could everyone else in the room be upset over his death, and not his own daughter? He wanted to ask aloud, but no one heard, or even saw him. Realizing that he could fly, Nathan headed home.
No one was home when Nathan got there. Just as he was about to leave, the now teenaged Daisy walked in with a friend. The girl looked as happy as he had ever seen her. For a moment, he watched the girls sit on her bed and talk.
For the second time in his afterlife, Nathan was stunned. Another one of his kids were unmoved by his death. Choosing to focus on meaningless things instead. The family knew of his illness for months. Why weren’t all of the kids by his side?
Nathan left for his son’s house. He found Simon in the driveway, playing catch with his own 3-year-old daughter.
“Daddy,” the girl asked, “why aren’t you with Grandpa?”
“Because I would rather be with you, honey,” replied Simon. “Grandpa didn’t play with me a lot, and I want to make sure that me and you have fun while I still can.”