What you value

My dad and his girlfriend are taking a break.

"I don't want to give up my time. If I go to dinner with her after work then I won't get home until 11pm my time. Then I won't have any time for myself,” he explained.

"Dad, can't you give her one night a week?"

"In winter it's another story, but during summer..."

"But Dad... if she's your girlfriend, isn't she worth some of your time? Isn’t the time with her worth it?”

My voice cracked.

The little girl inside of me was begging for that.

Dad, can't you give me two hours?

Can't you come to my track meet?

Or my choir event?

Why do you choose yourself over me?

"Well, I guess this is a good time for you to reflect on what you value most, Dad."