A Father’s Heartwarming Anecdote To A Stranger About His Son

by Phil Mutz
Phil is an Editor at LittleThings. He loves writing and the outdoors. You can often find him at the movies or the park.

The relationship between a parent and a child is one of the most important, and often most complicated, of all relationships.

Families certainly come in all shapes and sizes, but the parent-child bond remains at the core of any family. Children will often do anything for their parents, like the 6-year-old boy who saved his father. And as for the love a parent feels in return? When I read this story about one father’s appreciation for his children, I was reminded just how important family can be.

This incredible story has been circulating for over 10 years. A father sits down next to a stranger on a park bench to watch his son playing on a swing.

What this father says to the stranger had me struggling not to tear up. This story proves exactly how vital it is to appreciate our loved ones, especially our families.

Were you as moved by what this father had to say as I was? Let us know in the comments.

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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 son on the swing in the blue sweater.” Then, looking at his watch, he called to his son. “What do you say we go, Todd?”

Todd pleaded, “Just five more minutes, Dad. Please? Just five more minutes.” The man nodded and Todd continued to swing to his heart’s content.

Minutes passed and the father stood and called again to his son. “Time to go now?”

Again Todd pleaded, “Five more minutes, Dad. Just five more minutes.” The man smiled and said, “Okay.”

“My, you certainly are a patient father,” the woman responded.

The man smiled and then said, “My older son 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 Todd.

“He thinks he has five more minutes to swing. The truth is… I get five more minutes to watch him play.”

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