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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.

Whereupon 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 a son must endure. 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 what that cannot be seen. Real love lies not in what is done and known, but in what that is done but not known.

{ 93 comments… add one }
  • Johncy September 18, 2013, 10:08 am

    None can replace mother’s place. After reading this story, I thank God for giving me such a wonderful, beloved, incomparable mother. I’m the luckiest person in the world.

  • Abraham September 11, 2013, 2:27 pm

    This story made me see love in reality and in another angle.. Christ kind of love.. Not even all mothers will do this..

  • UD July 19, 2013, 2:07 am

    I really like this story :*

  • Nigam Goyal June 4, 2013, 10:07 am

    Mom is great. No one can take place of her.

  • Shavonne May 19, 2013, 11:34 am

    As a mother to a child with microtia, this story makes me cry every time I revisit it. I can’t help but wonder though, can this be done? I will be asking my son’s specialist to find out! A mother’s love in unconditional!!!

  • Mary April 25, 2013, 4:36 am

    Am really impressed………………….very touching story.

  • Johana April 17, 2013, 12:22 am

    Mom u r so great to me…

  • Sushmita Ray March 9, 2013, 11:59 pm

    Wow it is really a great story and very heart touching.

  • Storyteller February 15, 2013, 1:15 am

    The retelling of a story that still puts a lump in my throat. Even though this story portrays the mother giving up her ears, because she is able to hide her disfigurement behind her hair, it is not only about a mother’s love, but a parent’s love for their child and their wisdom in the socially constructed world of their time.

  • Jabeena February 14, 2013, 3:04 am

    A wonderful one, I really liked it…I love my mom and dad…Thank you.

  • Em February 5, 2013, 8:20 am

    This story once again portrays the greatness of love through a woman as a mother. It reminds us of the women who have been significant part of our growing up—in my case, as a man, teacher, husband and as a father. Good story.

    However, I am more inclined not to separate the spirit of love from the physical manifestation it takes. Reality consists of both known and unknown which makes it beautifully WHOLE.

    The earless mother was a beautiful sight to see and remember because of her love for a son. Thanks for the space.

  • Sreenath January 2, 2013, 4:11 am

    I love you mom, this story is great!

  • Thomas Estearn December 30, 2012, 4:58 pm

    If you want to succeed, you take care of your mother when aging.

  • Nidhi December 24, 2012, 9:06 am

    This is the reason why we called mother the other face of God.

  • Mohit Kapoor December 20, 2012, 10:38 pm

    If one wants to see God, just take a look at your Mother……….

    Really nice story.

  • Pearl December 2, 2012, 6:28 am

    Children can ask anything and the mother is always behold and mostly bothering than any one!!! and I love you mom….

  • Hiral November 26, 2012, 12:00 pm

    Excellent piece of work….
    Heart touching story….
    This also tells love is not all about a gf and bf ones…
    This reveals the love between a mother and a child…..

  • Vivek November 17, 2012, 7:00 am


  • SAHASRA November 16, 2012, 9:17 am

    Touched my heart. Excellent….

  • Davidscott November 13, 2012, 7:48 pm

    Wow that is beautiful! Truly inspirational words.

    This reminds me of true loves nature – what love is really about. Also this reminds me that jesus sacrificed himself because of love! Love is the most powerful thing in this world…


  • Tez October 9, 2012, 1:06 am

    Nice..Like Jesus willing to sacrifice everything because of love…We are the reason that Jesus gave His life……

  • Efrem October 8, 2012, 12:56 pm

    Nice too meet u guys.

  • Upi September 18, 2012, 11:03 pm

    One of the best mothers in whole entire world… and love my mom so much.

  • Prabhu September 7, 2012, 10:12 am

    Really great, mother is great !!

  • Uzair Ahmad August 10, 2012, 9:03 am

    Nice…. but a bit disturbing..

  • Saranya July 18, 2012, 7:32 am

    Really superb… that is mothers love..

  • Ganifer June 21, 2012, 1:16 am

    A heart touching story of a mother who loves his son SOOOOOOOO much that she donated her ears. What a sacrifice it can only be done by a person who love you alot ….. 🙂

  • Chona May 7, 2012, 7:51 pm

    A nice and very touching story… it tells us a mothers’ love… a true and real love…

  • Lucifier May 3, 2012, 2:43 am

    Really so touching…..A true Love will always expect the beauty of heart….not in physique

  • Suparas Jain April 29, 2012, 11:56 pm

    When God created mothers, He gave them the best so that nobody could complain, mother can never be compared with anything in the world becasue she is an embodiment of love, passion and true emotions as God can not be everywhere, He created mother so that He can take care of everyone… the most supreme creation of God is MOTHER…

  • Ha Le April 24, 2012, 5:39 pm

    We have this story in Vietnamese, somebody translated it. The story is really good. I was crying 🙁

  • Jitendra April 19, 2012, 4:34 am

    This is sublime love.

  • Fiyinf'oluwa Akinsusi April 11, 2012, 6:25 am

    Mothers are gift from GOD. They could do anything cos of theirt chil. LOVE u mum

  • Amrta Ramsahigh April 2, 2012, 6:16 pm


  • Madhusudan Reddy March 21, 2012, 1:36 am

    It’s Good and Heart touching story. Really Mother is sacrificing every thing for there children and there family. I love u Amma………..

  • Rhukeos March 16, 2012, 1:02 pm

    It’s good and highly emotional. The role of mother to a child is uncountable. Kudos to all mothers’ in the world (caring ones).

  • Pam March 14, 2012, 5:16 am

    mothers are great!

  • Arooj March 5, 2012, 11:43 pm

    I love uuuuuuuuu mom <3 <3 <3

  • Innocent February 5, 2012, 2:27 pm

    Quite touching. Makes me remember the love and affection showered on me and my sibblings by Mom when she was alive. Thanks so much Mom. Missing You. Continue to RIP till we meet never to part again in paradise.

  • Chief Vincent Jideofor February 2, 2012, 10:02 am

    Love in its true definition… a kind of Love some of us did not experience. May her soul rest in perfect peace.

  • Victor Onwuzuruike February 2, 2012, 9:32 am

    Nice story to share: We need to show real love, God’s kind of LOVE at all time…. Love is the greatest because God is LOVE.!!

  • Hanne January 24, 2012, 5:12 pm

    When I read it, I cried. Oh mother.

  • Nandushi January 9, 2012, 9:29 am

    mom is so greaatttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt…………….

  • Vaishu December 30, 2011, 10:57 am

    This story shows the kindness of motherhood. Mothers are God made in heaven and living with us.

  • Sam December 16, 2011, 7:27 am

    It is just amazing how much love can go beyond……….

  • Georgy December 1, 2011, 2:17 pm

    It’s a very good story. True love is mother’s love. I love you mommy.

  • Dhilipkumar.M November 21, 2011, 3:53 am

    Mother’s love is always precious.

  • Kyanda Enoch November 11, 2011, 12:18 am

    Surely it is touching. People should have that kind of love. We should not say that ”we have love” but we should show it.

  • Jyothish October 2, 2011, 1:48 am

    Very nice.. I like it … but why did mother wait for long 2 years to decide to donate

  • Vadi September 21, 2011, 12:01 pm

    Its the uncomparable one exist in motherhood..thanks to u for tis

  • Emmanuel A.K. Annang August 9, 2011, 5:12 am

    Mothers are gifts of life that depicts God’s affection. It is quite unfortunate that not all mothers are like this but I must say that mothers are indeed specially made. My mom, Mrs. Mercy Annang Kommey is specially made. Thank you mom, God bless you. I will sure share this story. Emmanuel A.K. Annang.

  • Manas Ranjan Padhi July 16, 2011, 6:43 am

    God is not everywhere so he cteated mother.

  • Raja July 9, 2011, 5:56 am

    touched my heart…………. it is nice

  • Nishant singh July 5, 2011, 12:57 pm

    If i were the child i would not let my hair cut .and mom will……….

    yes all of you are right.

  • Saraswathi June 22, 2011, 4:27 am

    Really awesome story……………………………………..

  • Nikita June 21, 2011, 6:28 am

    Mom’s love is true love.

  • Lipakshi Bhatt April 29, 2011, 10:35 pm

    A realy lovely one………….

  • aakko February 14, 2011, 10:18 am

    that was the only gift which that son could get in his life

  • Sammy February 2, 2011, 8:43 am

    That is just too great a gift indeed.

  • vijay December 16, 2010, 12:44 pm

    A mothers love is true love…….

  • Aleem November 6, 2010, 2:43 am

    Wow, awesome story…. Like it so much.. Your team is doing a god job.. Keep it… Hats off

  • Subhasmita Satapathys September 22, 2010, 9:44 am

    A sad story indeed….no one can be like a mother… she can do anything for her child without expecting anything in return…..really a nice story depicting this….

  • Diadem September 20, 2010, 7:35 pm

    So touchy…a mother can do anything for her child. amazing story!

  • Imrana September 2, 2010, 12:15 pm

    Nice story; really mother can do anything for her children. Fantastic job done by u sir good.

  • Yean Thoong August 7, 2010, 3:15 am

    ♥ it & it was awesome~ XD

  • Gopi July 17, 2010, 1:20 am

    An excellent story.Only mother sacrifices anything for her children.

  • Sur May 30, 2010, 9:01 am

    A remarkable story showing love of the mothers. Thanks for writing it.

  • Khouloud Kleshko May 17, 2010, 8:58 am

    A fantastic story depicting mothers’ sacrifices…….. so true…. so motherly….

  • Aayush Raj April 13, 2010, 10:28 pm

    This shows in the real world that many of us complain of our physical appearance. does this mean that GOD didn’t do an exceptional work in you? let us appreciate the smallest and simplest things that we possess rather than making a fuss out of it. to be talented, caring, and outstanding you don’t a pair of ears or a missing hand. you can do without it. WHAT EVER GOD CREATES IS FOR GOOD.

  • Awantika April 13, 2010, 10:27 pm

    Mother is the one who loves her child more than her own life and one mother would not want that her child would be sad.

  • Purva February 6, 2010, 10:56 am

    This proves a mother’s love for her child!!!!!!!!!!

  • Carlos D. October 19, 2009, 10:35 pm

    This shows in the real world world that many of us complain of our physical appearance. does this mean that GOD didn’t do an exceptional work in you? let us appreciate the smallest and simpliest thing the we possess rather than making a fuss out of it. to be talented,caring, and outstanding you don’t a pair of ears or a missing hand. you can do without it. WHAT EVER GOD CREATS IS FOR GOOD.

  • Lauren October 9, 2009, 11:59 am

    Woah…that was really sad. It gave me almost a sick feeling in my stomach. It was sweet…but really sad.
    Good job writing it, it was kinda heartbreaking though.

  • Satender September 12, 2009, 5:10 am

    Really good.

  • Liza April 22, 2009, 12:40 am

    Not that I’m totally impressed, but this is a lot more than I expected for when I found a link on SU telling that the info here is quite decent. Thanks.

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