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Eight Lies Mother Told Me

I was born poor. Often we hadn’t enough to eat. Whenever we had some food, Mother often gave me her portion of rice. While she was transferring her rice into my bowl, she would say “Eat this rice, son! I’m not hungry.” This was Mother’s First Lie. As I grew, Mother gave up her spare time to fish in a river near our house; she hoped that from the fish she caught, she could give me a little bit ...

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Who is the person you respect and love the most?

I have a brother who is 3 years younger than me. I wanted to buy a handkerchief, which all girls around me seemed to have. So, one day I stole 50 cents from my father’s drawer. Father had discovered about the stolen money right away. He made me and my younger brother kneel against the wall as he held a ...

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A Letter from a Mother to a Daughter

  My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”… Just listen, please. Try to remember the times ...

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The Red Rose Test

Six minutes to six, said the clock over the information booth in New York’s Grand Central Station. The tall young Army officer lifted his sunburned face and narrowed his eyes to note the exact time. His heart was pounding with a beat that choked him. In six minutes he would see the woman who had filled such a special place in his life for ...

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Don’t Let It End This Way

The hospital was unusually quiet that bleak January evening, quiet and still, like the air before a storm. I stood in the nurses’ station on the seventh floor and glanced at the clock. It was 9:00 P.M. I threw a stethoscope around my neck and headed for room 712, last room of the hall. Room 712 had a new patient, Mr. Williams. A man alone. A man strangely silent ...

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I Wish You Enough

Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport as the daughter’s departure had been announced. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said: “I love you and I wish you enough.” The daughter replied, “Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom.” They ...

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The Breakfast Date

It was a busy morning in a hospital, when an elderly gentleman, came in to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated that he was in a hurry and he had an appointment, 30 minutes from now. Then one of nurses came into the room, examined his wound and started to re-dress it. While taking care of his wound, ...

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A Child’s Love

I was walking around in a Big Bazar store shopping, when I saw a Cashier talking to a 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 cashier and asked: are you sure I don’t have enough money?” ...

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A Love That Death Couldn’t Destroy

When Helen Felumlee passed away at the age of 92 Saturday morning, herfamily knew her husband Kenneth Felumlee, 91, wouldn’t be slow to follow her. The couple couldn’t bear to be apart very long, and Kenneth passed away only 15½ hours after his wife of 70 years. “We knew when one went, the other was going to go,” said daughter Linda Cody. “We ...

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Choosing which of your children’s lives to save

It’s the ultimate dilemma – choosing which of your children’s lives to save. Antony Levin faced it when first his daughter Jade and, a year later, his son Keegan, needed a kidney transplant. The 47-year-old hotel manager from Reading could save one of their lives – but not both. Jade was only three years old when she collapsed just standing in front ...

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