A young man went to seek an important position at a large printing company.
He passed the initial interview and was going to meet the director for the final interview. The director saw his resume, it was excellent. And asked:
– Have you received a scholarship for school? The boy replied: No.
– It was your father who paid for your studies? ‘
– Yes. – He replied.
– Where does your father work?
– My father is a Blacksmith.
The Director asked the young to show him his hands.
The young man showed a pair of hands soft and perfect.
– Have you ever helped your parents at their job?
– Never, my parents always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, he can do the job better than me.
The director said:
– I’ve got a request: When you go home today, go and wash the hands of your father and then come see me tomorrow morning.
The young felt his chance to get the job was high.
When he returned to his house he asked his father if he would allow him to wash their hands.
His father felt strange, happy, but with mixed feelings and showed their hands to his son.
The young washed his hands, little by little. It was the first time that he noticed his father’s hands were wrinkled and they had so many scars. Some bruises were so painful that his skin shuddered when he touched them.
This was the first time that the young man recognized what it meant for this pair of hands to work every day to be able to pay for his study. The bruises on the hands were the price that he paid for their education, his school activities and his future.