As was family tradition, a son got ready to leave home.
There was a great big world just waiting for him to roam.
He packed his bags and he grabbed his hat.
You can’t leave home without all of that!
But then the son came up to his pops.
His purpose wasn’t to bust his dad’s chops.
He wanted to claim what was rightfully his.
That way he could explore the world as it is.
“Dad,” the son said, “I’ve come for my inheritance today.”
“Just like you asked Grandpa in your unique way.”
“It’s time for me to leave home and explore this great world.”
“I’m ready to let all my perceptions unfurl.”
The dad just smiled a sad, simple smile.
He wanted to make his son’s dreams all worthwhile.
But things had changed since he was a kid.
His son couldn’t claim an inheritance like he once did.
You see, the world had changed and everything cost more to get.
In some places, people were even charged just to sit.
A gallon of gas cost the same as a gallon of milk.
Forget about luxuries like sheets made of silk!
Then there were all the taxes that had to be paid.
There seemed to be a new tax every single day!
Taxes on sodas and telephones and yes, even cheese.
Dad thought with a chuckle, “One day they’ll tax me when I sneeze.”
Since the economy was struggling to get out of the gate,
the savings that was saved didn’t have any interest rates.
Money in the bank was like money in a buried coffee can.
That made it all difficult to give anything for this traditional inheritance plan.
So the dad told the son all of these things.
He told him about the surprises that life sometimes brings.
He told him there was nothing left for him to give away.
Beyond that, there was really nothing else left to say.
The son looked sad for a moment or three.
This wasn’t how his plan was supposed to be.
His inheritance was his ticket to go have a good time.
Without it, what kind of fun would he find?
The dad saw his son look quite sad.
He knew that his son must feel really bad.
So he put his arm around his son’s shoulders
and pointed across the property to the fields and boulders.
“Son, one day all of this will be all yours.”
“That’s an inheritance that you just can’t ignore.”
“I know you wanted to see the world – to get out and go.”
The dad tapped his son’s chest. “But the final frontier is what’s inside your soul.”
“You’re always welcome here every day.”
“I’ll help you chase your dreams in every conceivable way.”
“But for now, the only thing I have to give is love for you.”
And the dad hugged his son for a moment, and then two.
Times can be easy, but times can be tough.
Times can be simple, but times can be rough.
Just when it seems like there’s nothing left to give,
that’s when you discover the real gift: that’s the gift to just live.