Every parent needs to be careful, the way they teach their children these days
Jane, have you switched off the gas cooker?”
“I will do it later”she replied.
“Jane, go wash your clothes straightaway”
“I will do it later,”came her reply.
“Jane, make sure you do…,”
“I will do it later,” was always her reply.
Jane is a fifteen year old girl, stoutly-built and tall. She was so used to pushing her activities further for another time. She never does what she’s expected to do at the time needed to do it. There was always another time to do something that was what she always thought to herself.
This attitude of her gradually turned her into a lazy teenager. The only thing she never did later- was to eat her food!
No way! She couldn’t keep her meals for later. She couldn’t afford to eat her meals cold. She procrastinated so many activities that when she was ready to do them, they all seem tedious to handle.
Her younger brother, Sam, a seven-year old boy was diagnosed with asthma when his frequent visit to the hospital became worrisome to their parents.
His parents handled him with extra care because he was their second and last child, they had him ten years after Jane. Their mum was informed by their family doctor that she won’t have another child after Sam because of her fragile womb.
One Sunday morning, they prepared to go to church. Their mother instructed Jane to take Sam’s inhaler with her in her bag so that they don’t forget it at home. She said that she will. Soon, everyone was ready and they set off for the church in their dad’s car.
After about seven minutes drive, Sam got an asthmatic attack. They began to tremble. Jane’s mum told her husband to pull over by the roadside and he did. She asked Jane, “Where’s the inhaler I asked you to take along?”
Jane stared at her in confusion. She stammered, “I…I left it at home ”
“Jane!!” her mum yelled in disbelieve.
“Let’s not waste any time here. Let’s go straight away to the hospital, ”Jane’s dad said, he started the car and drove off to the hospital.
Before the doctor could attend to them, Sam couldn’t fight back the attack any longer as he gasped for breath. In a minute, he was gone.
Life Lesson:There’s no such time as the present. Procrastination is a time killer and it piles up a to-do list for you continuously. Do the right thing at the right time and right place. Doing things at the right time prevents stories that touch.