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My mom only had one eye

My mom only had one eye. I hated her… She was such an embarrassment. She cooked for students and teachers to support the family.

There was this one day during elementary school where my mom came to say hello to me. I was so embarrassed.

How could she do this to me? I ignored her, threw her a hateful look and ran out. The next day at school one of my classmates said, “EEEE, your mom only has one eye!”

I wanted to bury myself. I also wanted my mom to just disappear. I confronted her that day and said, “If you’re only gonna make me a laughing stock, why don’t you just die?”

My mom did not respond… I didn’t even stop to think for a second about what I had said, because I was full of anger. I was oblivious to her feelings.

I wanted out of that house, and have nothing to do with her. So I studied real hard, got a chance to go abroad to study.

Then, I got married. I bought a house of my own. I had kids of my own. I was happy with my life, my kids and the comforts. Then one day, my Mother came to visit me. She hadn’t seen me in years and she didn’t even meet her grandchildren.

When she stood by the door, my children laughed at her, and I yelled at her for coming over uninvited. I screamed at her, “How dare you come to my house and scare my children! GET OUT OF HERE! NOW!!!”

And to this, my mother quietly answered, “Oh, I’m so sorry. I may have gotten the wrong address.” – and she disappeared out of sight.

One day, a letter regarding a school reunion came to my house. So I lied to my wife that I was going on a business trip. After the reunion, I went to the old shack just out of curiosity.

My neighbors said that she died. I did not shed a single tear. They handed me a letter that she had wanted me to have.

“My dearest son,

I think of you all the time. I’m sorry that I came to your house and scared your children.

I was so glad when I heard you were coming for the reunion. But I may not be able to even get out of bed to see you. I’m sorry that I was a constant embarrassment to you when you were growing up.

You see……..when you were very little, you got into an accident, and lost your eye. As a mother, I couldn’t stand watching you having to grow up with one eye. So I gave you mine.

I was so proud of my son who was seeing a whole new world for me, in my place, with that eye.

With all my love to you,

Your mother.”

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  • Rawr May 13, 2024, 10:04 pm

    This is so sad 😭 mothers always care don’t disrespect πŸ˜” mothers are nice πŸ™‚ and love their children more than anything and anyone 😍

  • Plainjohn April 14, 2024, 3:53 am

    Simple but emotion. Mothers’ love cannot be compared.

  • Stephen Douglad February 13, 2024, 11:48 am

    Is it even possible to have an eye replaced without knowing?

  • Bulelwa January 16, 2024, 1:15 pm

    It’s true when they say mothers are the pillar of strength
    And they can do anything to satisfy their loved ones πŸ™πŸ₯Ί

  • Gail Warner January 14, 2024, 8:13 pm

    What a beautiful story of a mother’s love. Thank you

  • tejashree radhika shreya January 5, 2024, 3:36 am

    this story is very emotional story It made us cry . this guy has no feeling for his mother.

  • Tayaba October 7, 2023, 12:12 pm

    Such a collection beautiful and emotional stories , everyone loved . Thanks for sharing

  • Leona October 18, 2022, 7:21 am

    Thank you

  • Jai Prakash Malhotra October 11, 2022, 10:43 pm

    Sacrifices by parents can never be equated by children.
    I wish children did reciprocate.

  • 805_Alan August 23, 2022, 10:39 am

    Cool sad story

  • Grace August 2, 2022, 6:29 am

    Wow. What an inspiring story

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  • Jas June 10, 2022, 3:45 am

    All mother deserve love by their kids.

  • Feredj Younes May 21, 2022, 10:02 pm

    So beautiful story !!, I had just cried 😭

  • leila May 7, 2022, 5:06 am

    I read this story during my daughter’s graduation as an illustration. Tears fell down for everyone who hears it. The children and mothers cried a lot.

  • Walling May 6, 2022, 9:26 pm

    I will never ever get tired of this story. What a mother’s love.

  • Michelle Padayachee February 21, 2022, 6:18 am

    I never get tired of reading this story. There are children out there that don’t know the value of parents & the sacrifices they make for us. I wish God gave me more time with my mom and dad.

  • Autumn Mather January 25, 2022, 4:44 pm

    How does a mother that genuinely good, have such a selfish son, who doesn’t even care that she died? That woman needs an award for being so kind even though her son literally wished her dead while he was a teen, and screamed at her for coming to visit. I just wonder how he reacts once he read the letter.

  • Sewasew November 12, 2021, 4:09 am

    I have read it several times and almost cried out and in the heart. It motivated me a lot. I told several students and even old people. I love it.

  • Josef seraphim October 21, 2021, 9:29 pm

    I almost cried

  • Owen Fitzsimmons September 28, 2021, 11:52 am

    I have read this story more than once and every single time in makes me sob
    I dont wanna cry but i cant help being lighthearted. the mom sacrificed everything for her new baby boy and he always hated her. “my dearest son” as shes dying. “with all my love to you” your mother – really got me crying. shes dead now and she did everything for her son its so sad. im sorry im crying

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