The sports car
A young man that was about to graduate from college,
was eagerly awaiting the end of the year…
and getting his degree.
For a few months he had noticed a really cool sports car,
and knowing that his father was well off enough to get it for him,
he gently hinted that‘s what he wants as a graduation gift…
As the time came near, he expected to hear from his father about the car.
However, for some reason, his father didn‘t show any signs that he got the hint.
On the morning of the day of the graduation ceremony,
the father called his son to his study,
He told him that he is so proud to have such a successful son,
and how much he loved him.
Then he handed his son a package beautifully wrapped,
and told him that this was his graduation gift.
Curious, yet disappointed, the son opened the package to discover
a decorated Bible, in leather binding with his name embossed in gold on the cover.
In a rage he called out to his father:
“With all the money you have, this is what you give me??”
He slammed the book on the table, and stormed out of the room.
Many years have passed.
The son left home that day and moved away to a different city,
far from his father that has let him down.
He became a very successful man,
nice house in the suburbs,
and a wonderful family.
From time to time he thought of his father,
and one day he decided to stop the resentment,
a dad‘s a dad!
He decided to go and visit,
he hadn‘t seen him since graduation.
He‘s probably very old by now.
Before he managed to make the travel arrangements,
he got a message that his father passed away,
and left him all of his property.
The lawyer told him that he must arrive soon,
to take care of the will.
When he came back to the house that had been his home,
for the rip he had created between them.
“If I could only turn things back…. “ he thought.
He started organizing the papers on his father‘s desk,
and emptying the drawers.
At the corner sat the Bible that his father gave him for graduation,
still half wrapped in the fancy gift paper.
With tears and his eyes he took the book,
and flipped through it.
There was a small bookmark in the Bible,
that opened at a chapter that discussed unconditional love from father to son.
With great emotion he hugged the Bible to his chest…
Then something fell out of the wrappings.
When he picked it up he saw…
That it was a key with a key chain…
That had the name of that same dealership…
Where he saw that car he wanted…
All those years ago.
On the other side of the tag was a note:
“Paid In Full“
This is a heartbreaking story, that unfortunately
I get to see often in real life, in different versions.
Who knows how much we miss,
when we let our egos take over.
Anger, rage and pride cloud our judgment,
and we lose what matters most.
This is so easy to do in judgment and criticism,
of those we love and love us.
Without giving the benefit of a doubt,
letting our own insecurities control us.
I am guilty as charged of this as well,
and I am always learning.
This story is a great reminder,
that things are not always as they seem.
And counting to 10 before reacting…
is probably the best advice we have ever received.