The value of time

Blue Angel

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~A young man learns what's most important in life from the guy next door~


It had been some time since Jack had seen the old man, who was a neighbor, as he grew up. College, girls, career and life itself got in the way. In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit of his dreams. There in the rush of his busy life, Jack had little time to think about the past and often no time to spend with his wife and son. He was working on his future and nothing would stop him.

Over the phone, his mother told him, "Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday." Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days.

"Jack, did you hear me?" Oh sorry Mama, yes I heard you. It is just been so long since I thought of him. I am sorry, but to be honest I thought he had died years ago. Jack said.

"Well, he didn't forget you. Everytime saw him he would ask how you were doing. He would reminisce about the many days you spent over ' his side of the fence' as he put it." Mama told him.

"I loved that old house he lived in." Jack said

" You know, Jack, after your father died, Mr. Belser stepped in to make sure you had a man's influence in your life." she said.

"He is the one that taught me carpentry," he said " I wouldn't be in this business if it weren't for him. He spent alot of time teaching me things he thought were important....Mama, I will be there for the funeral." Jack said

As busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught the next flight to his hometown. Mr. Belser's funeral was small and uneventful. He had no children of his own and most of his relatives had passed away.

The night before he had to return home, Jack and his Mama stopped by to see the old house next door just one more time.

Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment. It was like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through time and space.

The house was exactly as he remembered. Every step had memories. Every picture, every piece of furniture....Jack stopped suddenly. "What is wrong Jack?'' Mama asked.

"There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk. I must have asked him a million times what was inside, all he would ever say was 'the thing I value the most' " Jack said

Everything in the house was just as it should be except for the gold box. "Now I will never know what was the most valuable to him." The next day Jack flew home.

It had been about 2 weeks since Mr. Belser had died. Returning home from work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox " Signature required on package, no one home"

Early the next day Jack retrieved the package. The small box looked like it had been mailed 100 years ago, the handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address caught his eye, "Mr. Harold Belser" it read.

Jack ripped open the package. There inside was the gold box and an envelope. Jacks hands shook as he read the note inside,


" Upon my death, please forward this box and it's contents to Jack Bennett. It is the thing I value the most in my life." A small key was taped to the letter. His heart racing and his eyes filled with tears he carefully unlocked the box. Inside he found a beautiful gold watch. Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the cover and inside the watch he found these words engraved,

"Jack, Thanks for your time! - Harold Belser"

Jack was amazed and thought , "The thing he valued most ...was....my...time."
Jack held the watch for a few minutes and then called his office and cleared his appointments for the next 2 days "Why?" asked Janet the secretary asked.

"I need some time to spend with my son, and oh by the way, Janet, Thanks for your time!"

" Life is not measured by the breathes we take but by the moments that take our breath away."
 

DonnasLaw

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I have seen this before ~ however, I want to thank you Blue Angel for this very most important reminder!!! :thumbs-up


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Blue Angel

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Thank you Lara and Donna, this story holds a special place in my heart and I wanted to share it with everyone here in Rooland.
 

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I like to say sharing is highly over rated, but not in this case, time IS the most valuable thing we can give and receive, and I'll always be grateful for all the people who decided to spend some of it with me ♥