The doll and the white rose

by Stephen on September 9, 2009 · 109 comments

in Life

I was walking around in a Target store, when I saw a Cashier hand this little boy some money back. The boy couldn’t have been more than 5 or 6 years old. The Cashier said, “I’m sorry, but you don’t have enough money to buy this doll.” Then the little boy turned to the old woman next to him: ”Granny, are you sure I don’t have enough money?” The old lady replied: ”You know that you don’t have enough money to buy this doll, my dear.” Then she asked him to stay there for just 5 minutes while she went to look a round. She left quickly.

The little boy was still holding the doll in his hand. Finally, I walked toward him and I asked him who he wished to give this doll to. It’s the doll that my sister loved most and wanted so much for Christmas. She was sure that Santa Claus would bring it to her. I replied to him that maybe Santa Claus would bring it to her after all, and not to worry. But he replied to me sadly. “No, Santa Claus can’t bring it to her where she is now. I have to give the doll to my mommy so that she can give it to my sister when she goes there.”

His eyes were so sad while saying this. “My Sister has gone to be with God. Daddy says that Mommy is going to see God very soon too, so I thought that she could take the doll with her to give it to my sister.” My heart nearly stopped. The little boy looked up at me and said: “I told daddy to tell mommy not to go yet. I need her to wait until I come back from the mall.” Then he showed me a very nice photo of him where he was laughing. He then told me “I want mommy to take my picture with her so she won’t forget me.” “I love my mommy and I wish she doesn’t have to leave me, but daddy says that she has to go to be with my little sister.” Then he looked again at the doll with sad eyes, very quietly.

I quickly reached for my wallet and said to the boy. “Suppose we check again, just in case you do have enough money for the doll?” “OK” he said, “I hope I do have enough.” I added some of my money to his without him seeing and we started to count it. There was enough for the doll and even some spare money. The little boy said: “Thank you God for giving me enough money!” Then he looked at me and added, “I asked last night before I went to sleep for God to make sure I had enough money to buy this doll, so that mommy could give It to my sister. He heard me!” “I also wanted to have enough money to buy a white rose for my mommy, but I didn’t dare to ask God for too much. But He gave me enough to buy the doll and a white rose.” “My mommy loves white roses.”

A few minutes later, the old lady returned and I left with my basket. I finished my shopping in a totally different state from when I started. I couldn’t get the little boy out of my mind. Then I remembered a local news paper article two days ago, which mentioned a drunk man in a truck, who hit a car occupied by a young woman and a little girl. The little girl died right away, and the mother was left in a critical state. The family had to decide whether to pull the plug on the life-sustaining machine, because the young woman would not be able to recover from the coma. Was this the family of the little boy? Two days after this encounter with the little boy, I read in the news paper that the young woman had passed away. I couldn’t stop myself as I bought a bunch of white roses and I went to the funeral home where the body of the young woman was exposed for people to see and make last wishes before her burial. She was there, in her coffin, holding a beautiful white rose in her hand with the photo of the little boy and the doll placed over her chest. I left the place, teary-eyed, feeling that my life had been changed forever. The love that the little boy had for his mother and his sister is still, to this day, hard to imagine. And in a fraction of a second, a drunk driver had taken all this away from him.

The value of a man or woman resides in what he or she gives, not in what they are capable of receiving…

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{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sandip Joshi September 15, 2009 at 8:18 am

It’s a great story. I couldn’t hold my tears.

2 Jeeva November 22, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Super story..Really i moved a lot ya.. A drop of water came from my eye know as tear…

3 Simon Raja February 10, 2010 at 11:49 am

Wow…it’s a very touching story…really I can’t control my tears…

4 Divya March 24, 2010 at 1:13 am

Lovely story….a nice one.

5 Chandru April 17, 2010 at 12:32 am

Really I couldn’t stop my tears.

6 Khouloud Kleshko May 18, 2010 at 8:14 am

Jesus so touching …… really sad, family is so precious and it hurts so much when u lose one of ur family………..:((

7 Srinu Naik May 19, 2010 at 9:05 am

It’s an awesome and heart touching story..!!!

8 Kim Brewer June 2, 2010 at 8:01 am

Wow, how sad, and something to think about.

9 Shravi Jain July 8, 2010 at 11:10 am

Tears ran down my cheek…… and it’s a wonderful story… loved it!!

10 Vital July 11, 2010 at 3:27 am

Though i am strong bt i cant stop my tears fm coming down after reading this story.

11 Gopal prasad July 22, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Nice and heart touching tales. We can provide more comfort to others by giving a little of others.we must follow the example given to us by the man full of merci.

12 Grace August 12, 2010 at 9:21 am

Tears rolled my eyes. No words left. Heart touching story.

13 Neha August 15, 2010 at 9:10 am

Tears are still rolling down my cheeks… I can feel the pain coz I have lost my mama at a very tender age.. its a true story.. many people drive recklessly and poor innocents are losing safe

14 Tshering c September 13, 2010 at 6:38 am

This, really touched my heart……

15 Nica September 24, 2010 at 5:22 pm

It made me cry. Thanks for this beautiful story.

16 Ramganesh September 24, 2010 at 11:07 pm

I hope its just a story…. Nice one

17 Sanjana October 2, 2010 at 8:40 am

The best story of this site.Realy touching! really sorrowful for the little boy…

18 Ken October 24, 2010 at 9:07 pm

It is a good story.

19 Asare Amos November 19, 2010 at 9:06 am

I don’t understand why i’m still crying after 30mins of reading this stroy. its really touching. God bless you!

20 Wesley December 17, 2010 at 6:46 pm

This is a rewritten version from 1977, originally published by C.W. McCall under the title, “Roses for Mama”, which begin circulating on the internet in 1998 with a variation by V.A. Bailey

21 Veena December 21, 2010 at 8:16 am

Best story i have ever read in my life…. thanks a lot for posting such a nice story.

It really touched my heart….. thanks once again.

22 Amrita December 22, 2010 at 1:14 am

Nice story.

23 Salim Sheikh January 17, 2011 at 7:01 am

Tears rolled down my eyes. Really nice story.

24 Mansi January 18, 2011 at 9:19 am

Oohhhhhh!!! So saaaad!… is such a heart touching story…..I love this story! and I am still crying!!! It is the best story that I have ever read.

25 Paban January 25, 2011 at 5:06 am

This little story has taught me everything about mother’s love….. thank u for sharing this story……..

26 kabil February 16, 2011 at 8:51 am

amazing story , hats off to Mr.Stephen

27 Dev February 18, 2011 at 4:50 am

Its so heart touching. 🙁 I don’t have words for this.

28 Sk Sanaullah March 2, 2011 at 10:11 am

One of the best short stories I ever read

29 Seshu March 17, 2011 at 4:04 am

Wonderful story, heart touching.

30 stallone April 11, 2011 at 4:47 am

Nice Story… Pls lord never take any kid’s mother so early …………………..

31 Prathibha April 22, 2011 at 6:43 am

Heart touching..Could not stop my tears rolling…

32 raunaque May 3, 2011 at 4:59 pm

amazing story, very touching

33 Eshaani Patel May 14, 2011 at 1:45 am

Very touching and emotional. made me cry…

34 Moiz May 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm

very touchy…. this changes my life for sure

35 Honart May 29, 2011 at 8:15 pm


36 Mohdkabir June 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Very nice. Keep it up.

37 Shantha June 27, 2011 at 6:29 am

Really nice, I can feel bcoz I did’t get mother’s love.

38 Van July 6, 2011 at 4:22 am

I cant explain how I felt while reading this one.

39 Girlygirl July 12, 2011 at 10:34 am

See the love of the boy to his mom and his sister…

40 Khaye July 28, 2011 at 9:46 am

I love it. I couldn’t hold my tears. This was one of the stories that made me cry.. It makes me realize how important to spend your time with with family.

41 Christine August 24, 2011 at 11:31 pm

..very good story.. it breaks my heart.

42 nihal August 26, 2011 at 4:54 am

no words to say,tears are still rolling down

43 Amit Tiwari August 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm

It’s a very touchy story .. I could not hold my tears….. I wish it would never happen with anyone …

44 Aarthi August 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Really a heart touching story… while reading the story unknowingly tears came from my eyes…

45 maine August 31, 2011 at 6:54 pm

it is a very touching and an amazing story .. the first time i read it .. it moved me a Lot ..

46 Ashwinee Mohan September 1, 2011 at 10:36 am

I love this story, one of the best stories I have read in my life.

47 Priyanka Kumari September 9, 2011 at 5:15 am

A heart touching story which filled my eyes with tears.

48 Deepak September 12, 2011 at 7:57 am

Children usually has great love for there mothers. This story remember me of my brother in law four years daughter, who is so caring of her mother.

49 Boshboshluv September 24, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I watched a powerpoint of this story. But I cannot find it anymore. Anyone know where I can find the slideshow?

50 Julius Luke I.V. September 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Where is this story from? I really want to know! It’s soo moving, I want to create a short film on it!

I love the story >,<

word of advice to readers – DON'T DRINK! Otherwise you could end up being the bad-guy in this story

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