Money or Family? Short Story

Spend Time With Family Now - Money vs Family Short StoryNeil’s family is very big. Neil is a hard worker and he is the sole bread winner of the family. He has three kids, two sons and a daughter. He lives along with father and mother. Neil used to work too hard to feed his family.

He works for more than 16 hours a day. The kids cannot see him as he will leave home early in the morning before they wake-up and reach home around midnight when kids would sleep every day. The entire family eagerly wait to spend quality time with him and the kids miss him so much.

The children were too curious about Sundays as his father would spend the entire day with them. Unfortunately, to meet the increasing household expenses and educational expenses, Neil took a weekend job to work even on Sundays. The kids were very shattered and even Neil’s wife and parents too!
The typical routine continued for several weeks and year passed. All the hard work of Neil earned a lot of benefits and he was offered promotion with attractive increment.

The family moved to a new house, got better clothes and ate healthy foods. However, as usual, Neil continues to earn more and more money. One day his wife asked him ‘why are you running for money? We can be happy with what we have now.’

Neil replied, ‘I want to give the best available in the world to all of you and want you to stay happy always.’

Two years passed and Neil hardly spent time with his family. The children yearned to have their father at home. Meanwhile, the sincere efforts of Neil reaped him a fortune. He was offered partnership and share in profits. He continued to earn more and more wealth.

Now, Neil’s family is one of the richest families in the city. They have all the facilities and luxuries. Still, Neil’s children strove to meet their father as he was hardly seen at home. His children turned teens and they are no more kids. Now, Neil earned enough wealth to provide a luxurious life to his next five generations.

Neil’s family went to their beach house to spend their vacation. His daughter asked, ‘Dad will you please spend one day at home and stay with us here?’

Neil replied, ‘Yes darling, tomorrow for sure, I will join you for the lunch and be with you all for next few days. I’m tired of work and need refreshment!’

The entire family became very happy.

Unfortunately, the next day, none in Neil’s family were alive as they were washed out in Tsunami! Neil was too busy even to hear the news about Tsunami. When he tried to reach his beach house, he saw sea and water everywhere and screamed for his family, He could not even find the dead bodies of his family. He can never have them again, cannot even see them and even by paying millions he cannot get them back to life!

He remembered his wife’s words, ‘Why are you running for money? We can be happy with what we have now.’

Money can’t buy everything!

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