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The doll and the white rose

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…

Author Unknown

{ 110 comments… add one }
  • Honey August 19, 2012, 1:45 am

    One of the best inspirational stories I have ever read.

  • Marnel July 30, 2012, 9:03 pm

    Yeah… it’s very touching.. A genuine love of a child towards his/her family is priceless… I want to share the story with my co-teachers and students….

  • Jorelyn July 27, 2012, 3:27 am

    This story make me cry..

  • Jehyeong July 14, 2012, 1:50 am

    Goose bumps. Teary-eye. Nice story.

  • HELLO July 6, 2012, 9:19 am

    Really touching. Sweet innocence of the little boy is realy moving as much as the thoughtfulness of the good samaritan.

  • Femmetotale June 19, 2012, 5:26 am

    Really touching story…how we take for granted the pleasures these little ones bring us for their innocent and steadfast view of life. Every time I see a white rose, I’ll remember this story and I’ll be motivated to show kindness as well.

  • Madani June 15, 2012, 6:34 am

    I couldn’t hold my tears… very emotional.

  • Nidhi May 29, 2012, 5:36 am

    Such a heart touching story….

  • Antra May 28, 2012, 10:01 am

    The message hidden in d story carried me to a positive height….

  • Soumili Bishi March 14, 2012, 6:28 am

    Touching !

  • Pallavi March 9, 2012, 9:41 am

    It is realy a heart touching story which made me realise the value of love. Hat’s off to the writer who really made me know the corners of love towards mother.

  • Irvin February 21, 2012, 3:00 am

    This story is so touching, i coudn’t hold back my tears .

  • Mansi February 17, 2012, 9:54 am

    So nice. It’s a heart touching story.

  • Shan February 6, 2012, 5:24 pm

    I couldn’t hold back my tears, it really touched my heart.

  • Suman January 30, 2012, 4:46 am

    Nice story. Thanks a lot mate.

  • Shivkumar December 24, 2011, 4:36 pm

    Brother really thanks like million times.. I was unable to hold my tears after reading this story.. and thanks once again.. I really like you.

  • Kasthuri December 20, 2011, 6:24 am

    It’s touchy… I’m at work in tears .. I can imagine how the little boy would have felt. Taught me to appreciate life better!!!!

  • Lucy December 11, 2011, 7:25 pm

    Oh wow, that might actually be the most pathetic wall of text I’ve ever read.

  • Yzabella Morales December 3, 2011, 4:19 pm

    How sad…

  • Nikhil Gajbhare December 2, 2011, 7:25 am

    I couldn’t help crying after reading this wonderful story.

  • Alen Sebastian November 25, 2011, 7:23 am

    Has got an apartment in my heart. Unconditional love always gets it from me.

  • Gaurav_Luthra November 23, 2011, 8:37 am

    How can a person take life of other person who has his own life with so many dreams, loving ones etc.
    Why god why you have given this authority to such a careless person????? why ???

  • ce November 15, 2011, 3:53 pm

    life changing story! =)

  • Jasbir November 3, 2011, 3:59 am

    Very touchy story. couldn’t control my tears really……….

  • Seetha October 6, 2011, 3:02 pm

    Very very touchy.. made my heart heavy

  • Julius Luke I.V. September 26, 2011, 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

  • Boshboshluv September 24, 2011, 8:00 pm

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

  • Deepak September 12, 2011, 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.

  • Priyanka Kumari September 9, 2011, 5:15 am

    A heart touching story which filled my eyes with tears.

  • Ashwinee Mohan September 1, 2011, 10:36 am

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

  • maine August 31, 2011, 6:54 pm

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

  • Aarthi August 28, 2011, 1:11 pm

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

  • Amit Tiwari August 27, 2011, 2:02 pm

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

  • nihal August 26, 2011, 4:54 am

    no words to say,tears are still rolling down

  • Christine August 24, 2011, 11:31 pm

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

  • Khaye July 28, 2011, 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.

  • Girlygirl July 12, 2011, 10:34 am

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

  • Van July 6, 2011, 4:22 am

    I cant explain how I felt while reading this one.

  • Shantha June 27, 2011, 6:29 am

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

  • Mohdkabir June 11, 2011, 2:16 pm

    Very nice. Keep it up.

  • Honart May 29, 2011, 8:15 pm


  • Moiz May 23, 2011, 1:48 pm

    very touchy…. this changes my life for sure

  • Eshaani Patel May 14, 2011, 1:45 am

    Very touching and emotional. made me cry…

  • raunaque May 3, 2011, 4:59 pm

    amazing story, very touching

  • Prathibha April 22, 2011, 6:43 am

    Heart touching..Could not stop my tears rolling…

  • stallone April 11, 2011, 4:47 am

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

  • Seshu March 17, 2011, 4:04 am

    Wonderful story, heart touching.

  • Sk Sanaullah March 2, 2011, 10:11 am

    One of the best short stories I ever read

  • Dev February 18, 2011, 4:50 am

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

  • kabil February 16, 2011, 8:51 am

    amazing story , hats off to Mr.Stephen

  • Paban January 25, 2011, 5:06 am

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

  • Mansi January 18, 2011, 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.

  • Salim Sheikh January 17, 2011, 7:01 am

    Tears rolled down my eyes. Really nice story.

  • Amrita December 22, 2010, 1:14 am

    Nice story.

  • Veena December 21, 2010, 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.

  • Wesley December 17, 2010, 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

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

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

  • Ken October 24, 2010, 9:07 pm

    It is a good story.

  • Sanjana October 2, 2010, 8:40 am

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

  • Ramganesh September 24, 2010, 11:07 pm

    I hope its just a story…. Nice one

  • Nica September 24, 2010, 5:22 pm

    It made me cry. Thanks for this beautiful story.

  • Tshering c September 13, 2010, 6:38 am

    This, really touched my heart……

  • Neha August 15, 2010, 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

  • Grace August 12, 2010, 9:21 am

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

  • Gopal prasad July 22, 2010, 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.

  • Vital July 11, 2010, 3:27 am

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

  • Shravi Jain July 8, 2010, 11:10 am

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

  • Kim Brewer June 2, 2010, 8:01 am

    Wow, how sad, and something to think about.

  • Srinu Naik May 19, 2010, 9:05 am

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

  • Khouloud Kleshko May 18, 2010, 8:14 am

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

  • Chandru April 17, 2010, 12:32 am

    Really I couldn’t stop my tears.

  • Divya March 24, 2010, 1:13 am

    Lovely story….a nice one.

  • Simon Raja February 10, 2010, 11:49 am

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

  • Jeeva November 22, 2009, 2:10 pm

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

  • Sandip Joshi September 15, 2009, 8:18 am

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

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