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Father was a hardworking man who delivered bread as a living to support his wife and three children. He spent all his evenings after work attending classes, hoping to improve himself so that he could one day find a better paying job. Except for Sundays, Father hardly ate a meal together with his family. He worked and studied very hard because he wanted to provide his family with the best money could buy.

Whenever the family complained that he was not spending enough time with them, he reasoned that he was doing all this for them. But he often yearned to spend more time with his family.

The day came when the examination results were announced. To his joy, Father passed, and with distinctions too! Soon after, he was offered a good job as a senior supervisor which paid handsomely.

Like a dream come true, Father could now afford to provide his family with life’s little luxuries like nice clothing, fine food and vacation abroad.

However, the family still did not get to see father for most of the week. He continued to work very hard, hoping to be promoted to the position of manager. In fact, to make himself a worthily candidate for the promotion, he enrolled for another course in the open university.

Again, whenever the family complained that he was not spending enough time with them, he reasoned that he was doing all this for them. But he often yearned to spend more time with his family.

Father’s hard work paid off and he was promoted. Jubilantly, he decided to hire a maid to relieve his wife from her domestic tasks. He also felt that their three-room flat was no longer big enough, it would be nice for his family to be able to enjoy the facilities and comfort of a condominium. Having experienced the rewards of his hard work many times before, Father resolved to further his studies and work at being promoted again. The family still did not get to see much of him. In fact, sometimes Father had to work on Sundays entertaining clients. Again, whenever the family complained that he was not spending enough time with them, he reasoned that he was doing all this for them. But he often yearned to spend more time with his family.

As expected, Father’s hard work paid off again and he bought a beautiful condominium overlooking the coast of Singapore. On the first Sunday evening at their new home, Father declared to his family that he decided not to take anymore courses or pursue any more promotions. From then on he was going to devote more time to his family.

Father did not wake up the next day.

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  • Anvar saberi June 18, 2018, 6:32 am

    Nice and empressing

  • Felix Okhai February 10, 2018, 6:25 am

    Indeed life is a race……..the more we pursue these material things, the farther they become. Life is just a mirage………Always remember, that what you’re chasing after is not static; it moves

  • Gokulasanthiya August 16, 2017, 9:26 am

    This was good and touching story

  • Sakthivel August 16, 2017, 8:56 am

    The story was very impressed and it tell about we does not what happens at next second the God only knows

  • RASHID ALI KHAN March 16, 2017, 8:56 am

    Very heart touching story. The balance in life in very important. We should equally treat family matters and our professional matters.

  • Hasini March 15, 2017, 1:18 pm

    It was a nice story we should learn that we should spend some of the time with our b’coz God knows what will happen tomorrow …!!!@@@

  • Laconic basil February 24, 2017, 5:50 am

    Nice story and emmotional

  • Nodira January 29, 2017, 12:37 am

    This is great story

  • Call Wafula December 31, 2016, 9:08 am

    This story is bound between two different moods, motivational and sorrow. The sorrowful part of it comes at the end when, after doing everything, and dedicating all his life abilities for his family, including all the life luxuries he denied himself, like personal time, the father wakes up no more. It’s pretty sad, but also brings out its main point in a more precise manner!

  • Milind October 18, 2016, 1:58 am

    Very true story. It’s the exact reflection of my life. I will improve in my current situation.

  • anne August 23, 2016, 12:37 am

    Treat everyday as if there will be no tomorrow. The most signification thing in life is love. Everything may perish may perish even in your hard work.

  • jake dillion June 1, 2016, 1:00 pm

    High blood pressure is a silent killer. The father should have squeezed in a trip to the doctors for a check-up, specially with all the added stress he was putting on himself.

  • Janan Luwum May 26, 2016, 11:53 am

    It is a touching story, that is what exactly happening to my life.

  • Leo May 23, 2016, 12:47 am

    when i read the story… i cried… because this is happened in my life… I miss my father lot… Due to his hardwork… we become rich… but he is not with us now…

    I am really proud of my dad…

    By Leo.

  • Mmm..)) March 29, 2016, 3:09 am

    Wow…. really amazing and inspirational story….we should know that everyday might be the last one for us… 🙁

  • Mohammad Ahmad March 12, 2016, 9:22 am

    He was died the next day because of the hard work did and no promotion to get more

  • Shailender kumar singh February 17, 2016, 1:08 am

    I like this story. It is true. Parsons should earn money only fill full need. Not more . He should spend his time with his family . Because we don’t know when will we no more .

  • Pawan kumar January 2, 2016, 2:11 pm

    I really feel sorry the way the story ends. We should never forget our family, beloved ones. Human is a social animal. He needs support but at the same time he wishes some droplets of affection and love which only his family and his dear ones can provide.

  • Sreeya December 26, 2015, 3:52 am

    Very interesting… With a great moral..simply superrr.☺

  • Mhynne December 11, 2015, 12:50 am

    Ohh its sad..i felt crying?

  • Dether Valmores October 19, 2015, 5:31 pm

    I’m a college student, when i reading this one. Its very Undeniable and I’ve really Inspired of this Man. He can put some effort for their families. But, The Best you can live of this world, to live together with your families. 🙂

  • K. September 10, 2015, 11:17 pm

    That’s funny. For the people who are doing what he does DON’T STOP. or try to stay awake.

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