The little girl was with her dad in the Toy Shop…. She picked a cute looking toy and held it tight saying in her own sweet words to the dad, "I want this!"
The father quickly glanced at the price marked on it.... The next moment, he knew what he had to do.... In no time, the child was cajoled and brought out of the Shop…. He straight headed to another Shop a few yards away, bought a cheaper substitute for his child saying, "Oh! This looks really good.... I find this the right toy for you.... Have it, Dear!" The girl discretely understood what had happened, was silent all the way, came home, ate her food and slept early…. But the dad equally knew all the while what was going on in her mind!
The next day morning, as the child got up from her sleep at the usual time, she noticed to her utter surprise in front of her the same toy she asked for… She ran towards her dad's room but the father was not there immediately as he had to go early to work extra in some other direction to make up the extra finances he spent…. That evening, he returned home late in the night after overtime and the child slept by that time.... A few days passed thus successively, the incident might have been forgotten but the girl safely kept the toy with her in a corner and occasionally used to take it out for her play....
Soon, the same days passed into months and the months into years…..
The girl had grown up big and was in her early twenties…. No doubt to say, she got a good Academic Degree, joined a job of her choice and was posted in a distant place on the Globe on behalf of her Company….
One day, a big Check was received by the father in his name from the daughter….
Looking at it he was surprised beyond, immediately phoned up his dear daughter and asked her, “What is this you sent me?”
The daughter said, “This is the money I returned out of my savings as a small percent of the cost of the precious toy you purchased one day for me and subsequently had to work extra to make up the cost paid!”
The father said, “Dear! That was just my duty and I wanted to see you forever the happiest in life... I can never think of making you feel anything less if your happiness can be achieved thru' my struggle and sweat.... And to tell you the fact, I just paid only a few extra Rupees on that toy!”
The daughter said with all warmth, “Yes, dad! That was just the value of that toy in the market…. But for me it was something different at that point of time as I valued it as the highest of my life.... Out of that great satisfaction alone, I had grown to a full personality and all my capabilities of today which the world around values so much and gives me all respect are out of that contentment and great feeling of my childhood.... Further, support given and monies spent on me had their true worth mainly at the back of this happiness…. And that foundation was truly made strong by your never failing love and the timely care for me! Whatever value I try thinking of giving now to that gift you gave me on that day, I am finding all my these huge earnings of today as nothing but just a spec of that Priceless Gift!”