This highly praised short story about a woman’s love and sacrifice for her family proves that Pascal was right when he said, “The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.” ("The Gift" was originally published in the Rockhurst Review Literary Journal.)
"The Gift" is now a available, complete and unabridged, as a greeting card-size booklet.
"The Gift" is a 2900-word tribute to women of all ages.
What readers have said about "The Gift"--
“Reminded me that true love still exists.”
“I bought cards for my mother and two sisters.”
"I couldn't get it off my mind for a week."
“I cried and passed it on to six of my friends.”
“Best I've read in a long time.”
Appropriate for women at any time of year for any occasion. (Christmas, Mother’s Day, Birthday, Friendship.)
Your mother, sister, daughter or friend will be glad you gave it to her. So will you.
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The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of. (Pascal)
I knew something was wrong as soon as I saw Becky’s face. Before I could say anything, our collie Shana and five-year-old Mikey came racing down the hall to the front door.
“Daddy! Daddy!” Mikey said as he wrapped himself around my leg.
I picked him up and raised him over my head. “Hello, Mikey. Were you a good boy today?”
“Uh-huh. We’re going to Papa Pete’s!”
I caught Becky’s nod. “Hey, that’s great, Mikey!”
“Can we go right now, Daddy?”
“Will you get Adam, honey?” Becky said to him.
“Okay.” Mikey ran off to find his brother.
“The test results?”
She nodded and said, “Let’s go right away.”
On the way to Papa Pete’s, a local pizzeria that featured a game room for kids, I kept glancing at Becky. She didn’t respond, except once when she reached over and touched my hand. The touch sent tremors down my spine.
The boys ran to the game room as soon as we took a corner booth.
“What’s up, Beck?”
“It’s cancer. They want to begin chemo right away.”
When you purchase "The Gift," you will receive at no charge the poem "Everyone Has a Mother" printed in color on a laminated card. This poem is the perfect complement to "The Gift." It has delighted countless mothers, including my own for whom it was written. This inspiration card sells for $1.49 when bought separately, including shipping.
Everyone has a mother
But not everyone has a mother
who cried and hoped and dared;
Only those of us lucky enough
to have one who loved and cared.
Mother and child become youthlorn.
My years are more than yours
when I was born.
But nothing can take away
what is ours alone,
no matter if the years ahead
are many or few.
While time unravels, I wish for you
days forever fresh
and dreams forever new.