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Nov 5, 2007

A Gift of Love


"Can I see my baby?" the happy new mother asked. When the bundle was nestled in her arms and she moved the fold of cloth to look upon his tiny face, she gasped. The doctor turned quickly and looked out the tall hospital window. The baby had been born without ears. Time proved that the baby's hearing was perfect. It was only his appearance that was marred.
When he rushed home from school one day and flung himself into his mother's arms, she sighed, knowing that his life was to be a succession of heartbreaks.

He blurted out the tragedy. "A boy, a big boy...called me a freak." He grew up, handsome for his misfortune. A favorite with his fellow students, he might have been class president, but for that. He developed a gift, a talent for literature and music. "But you might mingle with other young people," his mother reproved him, but felt a kindness in her heart.
The boy's father had a session with the family physician. Could nothing be done? "I believe I could graft on a pair of outer ears, if they could be procured" the doctor decided. So the search began for a person who would make such a sacrifice for a young man. Two years went by. Then, "You are going to the hospital, son. Mother and I have someone who will donate the ears you need. But it's a secret" said the father.
The operation was a brilliant success, and a new person emerged. His talents blossomed into genius, and school and college became a series of triumphs. Later he married and entered the diplomatic service. "But I must know!" He urged his father. "Who gave so much for me? I could never do enough for him."

"I do not believe you could," said the father, "but the agreement was that you are not to know...not yet." The years kept their profound secret, but the day did come . . . one of the darkest days that ever pass through a son. He stood with his father over his mother's casket. Slowly, tenderly, the father stretched forth a hand and raised the thick, reddish-brown hair to reveal that the mother had no outer ears.
"Mother said she was glad she never let her hair be cut," he whispered gently, "and nobody ever thought mother less beautiful, did they?"
Real beauty lies not in the physical appearance, but in the heart.
Real treasure lies not in what that can be seen, but
but what that cannot be seen.
Real love lies not in what is done and known,
but in what that is done but not known.
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11 comments:

Annette Burkett said...

That story makes me want to cry! It's amazing what you'll do for your children.

Bola said...

Great post,shows the extent of a mothers love for her children.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Lili,

Thanks for sharing this really touching story! I really love those quotes:
"Real beauty lies not in the physical appearance, but in the heart.
Real treasure lies not in what that can be seen, but but what that cannot be seen.
Real love lies not in what is done and known, but in what that is done but not known."

Blessings to you, Lili
Let's Acquire Wisdom and Live with Passion

Glace.de.Janvier said...

I'm glad i came across your blog,and this post. It just...touch people's heart.

Life Reflection said...

Hi Lili,
What a touching story. It is true that real beauty lies in the heart and not the physical appearance!

lilifxt said...

hi Annette the same thing happened with me
i felt i want to cry it shows a great example of a mother

lilifxt said...

hi bola mothers giving and love is endless
thx for sharing your view

lilifxt said...

hi sam i loved those quotes too meaningful and touching and above all very true

thank u
Blissings to u too

lilifxt said...

hi glace de janvier yeah that post is really touching and shows how great mothers are im happy u liked my humble blog looking forward for visiting again

thx

lilifxt said...

hello life reflection absolutely true real beauty lies in heart and lasts too but not in physical appearance

thx for sharing your thougth

best wishes

WaterLearner said...

What a beautiful story and such a big sacrifice from his mom.

Lili, thanks for sharing so touching a story.

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