FW: THE ANSWER IS SO SIMPLE
F O O D F O R T H O U G H T
October 4, 2004A Daily Inspiration and Personal Reflection
THE ANSWER IS SO SIMPLE
-- By Bob Greene, from Chicago Tribune.
"A Father, a Son and an Answer" (orig. subj.)
Passing through the Atlanta airport one morning, I caught one of those
trains that take the travelers from the main terminal to their boarding
gate. Free, sterile, and impersonal, the trains run back and forth all day
long. Not many people consider them fun, but on this Saturday I heard
At the front of the first car-- looking out the window at the track that lay
ahead-- were a man and his son. We had just stopped to let off passengers,
and the doors were closing again. "Here we go! Hold on to me tight," the
father said. The boy, about five years old, made sounds of sheer delights.
Most of the people on the train were dressed for business trips or
vacations-- and the father and son were dressed in clothes that were just
about as inexpensive as you can buy.
"Look out there!" the father said to his son. "See that pilot? I bet he's
walking to his plane." The son craned his neck to look.
As I got off, I remembered something I'd wanted to buy in the terminal. I
was early for my flight, so I decided to go back. I did-- and just as I was
about to reboard the train for my gate, I saw that the man and his son had
returned too. I realized then that they hadn't been heading for a flight,
but had just been riding the shuttle.
"You want to go home now?" the father asked.
"I want to ride some more."
"More?" the father said, mock-exasperated but clearly pleased.
"You're not tired?"
"This is fun," the son said.
"All right," the father said, and when the door opened we all got on.
There are parents who can afford to send their children to Europe or
Disneyland, and the children turn out rotten. There are parents who live in
million-dollar houses and give their children cars and swimming pools, yet
something goes wrong. Rich and poor, black and white, so much goes wrong so
"Where are all these people going, Daddy?" the son asked.
All over the world," came the reply.The other people in the airport were
leaving for distant destinations or arriving at the ends of their journeys.
The father and son, though, were just riding this shuttle together, making
it exciting, sharing each other's company. So many troubles in this
country-- so many questions about what to do.
The answer is so simple: Parents who care enough to spend time, and to pay
attention, and try their best. It doesn't cost a cent, yet it is the most
valuable thing in the world..
The train picked up speed, and the father pointed something out, and the boy
laughed again, and the answer is so simple.
-- Shared by Joe Gatuslao
"Lord Jesus, open our minds to understand the scriptures that we may fully
comprehend the truth of your word. Anoint us with power and boldness to be
your witnesses to all the nations."
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