The Blacksmith

A young man was applying for a senior position in a large company. He passed the initial interview and was going to meet the director for the final interview. The director took a look at the young mans resume and was very impressed, he then looked up at him and began with the first question of the interview:

– Did you receive any free scholarship for school? 
– The young man replied – No. 
– It was your father and your mother who paid for your education? – Yes – the young man said. 
– Where did your father work? – My father works several jobs: locksmith, fitter, blacksmith, and whitesmith 
The director requested the young man to show his hands. The young man showed a pair of soft and perfect hands. 
– Have you helped your father in hes work?  
– Never, my parents always wanted me to study and  read more books. Besides, he always can do these tasks better than me. 

The Director said:

–  I have a request…when you go back home do me a favor , go and wash your fathers hands and come see me tomorrow morning. 
– The young man felt that his chance of getting that job was big!!

When he returned home, he asked his father to let him wash his hands. His father felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings and showed his hands to the child. The boy washed his fathers hands slowly. It was the first time he realized that his father's hands were wrinkled and had a lot of scarring, some of the bruises were so painful that his skin crawled when he touched them. This was the first time the boy realized the significance of this pair of hands working every day to pay for his studies. The bruises on his hands were the price that his father had to pay for his education, his school activities and his future in general.
After cleaning the hands of his father, the young man was silently organizing and cleaning the workshop of his father. That night, the father and son talked for a long time. The next morning, the young man was meeting with the Director. The director noticed the tears in the eyes of the young man when he asked:
– Can you tell me what you did and learned yesterday in your house? 

– I washed my fathers hands and also finished cleaning and organizing his garage. Now I know the importance of valuing and recognizing what my parents have done for me and the sacrifices they have made for me. Without my parents, I would not be who I am today.  By helping my dad now I realize how difficult and tough it is to have to do something alone. My eyes have been opened and I've now learned to appreciate the importance and value of helping the family.
The director says: 
– That's what I look for in my staff. I want to hire a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and that does not put money as his only goal in life. You're hired.

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Philo Yan

About Philo Yan

For the past 28 years, career and family took precedence. After deciding to leave my career and with my 2 young adults and 1 teenager making their own way in their life, I now have time to do what I love and that is creating art. I have no formal training and consider myself an amateur. I have great respect for the extremely talented artists especially those who specialize in 3D and realism using all various tools of art.  They are so amazing and if I can achieve even 1% of what they do, it will be a milestone in my baby steps towards art. My daughter is artistic and she is in her final year pursuing a degree in Art and Games design.  I have been doing art for 2 years now and have moved on to poetry writing.  I write poems to accompany my drawings.   I do appreciate if you would drop me a line to ask for permission.  If you like the poems, you are welcome to use it with credits as they are original poems. Or if you like me to write one for your drawings, I will be happy to oblige.