Mom Learns Powerful Lesson From Random Stranger At Park Playground

Our lives today compared to how folks lived generations ago must feel like a NASCAR race compared to turtle race. The people who lived in New York City back in the 1900s thought they knew what “hustle and bustle” was all about wouldn’t believe the pace of life of the average person working in the suburbs or rural areas, let alone those who live in cities like New York today. Times have certainly changed, and with them, sometimes, we lose sight of our real priorities. However, in this fictional story, one woman was reminded of how precious our time with the ones we love really is after a fateful encounter with a stranger at the park.

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, Melissa?

Melissa pleaded, Just five more minutes, Dad. Please? Just five more minutes.

The man nodded and Melissa 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 Melissa 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 Tommy was killed by a drunk driver last year while he was riding his bike near here. I never spent much time with Tommy and now I’d give anything for just five more minutes with him. I’ve vowed not to make the same mistake with Melissa.

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, what are your priorities? Give someone you love 5 more minutes of your time today!

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