Dad’s Helper

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
May 14, 2002

A little boy was helping his father move some books out of an attic into more spacious quarters downstairs. It was important to this little boy that he was helping his dad, even though he was probably getting in the way and slowing things down more than he was actually assisting. But that boy had a wise and patient father who knew it was more important to work at a task with his young son than it was to move a pile of books efficiently.

Among this man’s books, however, were some rather large study books, and it was a chore for the boy to get them down the stairs. As a matter of fact, on one particular load, the boy dropped his pile of books several times. Finally, he sat down on the stairs and wept in frustration. He wasn’t doing any good at all. He wasn’t strong enough to carry the big books down a narrow stairway. It hurt him to think he couldn’t do this for his daddy.

Without a word, the father picked up the dropped load of books, put them into the boy’s arms, and scooped up both the boy and the books into his arms and carried them down the stairs. And so they continued load after load, both very much enjoying each other’s company. The boy carrying the books, and the dad carrying the boy.


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  1. Blessings, this is an awesome post. Thank you for sharing. Many blessings to you and yours.


  2. Debbie said:

    I loved the lesson in this! Thank you and God bless!


  3. Reminds me of a story I shared on my blog (Strength in Weakness) about the father who asked his son to lift a weight that was beyond his ability.


  4. mtetar said:

    Love is patience, and patience is love. We all need them. Be Blessed, Mtetar


  5. This is pretty much my relationship with my son. You go from a point of just worrying about them being a baby to looking up and they want to be “apart” of. Sometimes I laugh because he’s basically dragging a bag of groceries in the door but he’s smiling all the way through the struggle. It’s a great lesson to learn early, that you can struggle and have fun knowing you’ll be fine when you come out on the other side.


  6. What an awesome example of how OUR Heavenly Father is with us! Thanks so much for sharing this. (Love your blog, by the way!)


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