CHRISTMAS DOLL

I hurried into the local department store to grab some last minute
Christmas gifts. I looked at all the people and grumbled to myself.
I would be in here forever and I just had so much to do. Christmas
was beginning to become such a drag. I kinda wished that I could
just sleep through Christmas. But I hurried
the best I could through all the people to the toy department. Once
again I kind of mumbled to myself at the prices of all these toys.
And wondered if the grandkids would even play with them.
  
I found myself in the doll aisle. Out of the corner of my eye I saw
a little boy about 5 holding a lovely doll. He kept touching her
hair and he held her so gently. I could not seem to help myself. I
just kept looking over at the little boy and wondered who the doll
was for.
  
I watched him turn to a woman and he called his aunt by name and
said, "Are you sure I don't have enough money"
  
She replied a bit impatiently, "You know that you don't have enough
money for it. The aunt told the little boy not to go anywhere that
she had to go get some other things and would be back in a few
minutes. And then she left the aisle.
  
The boy continued to hold the doll. After a bit I asked the boy who
the doll was for. He said, "It is the doll my sister wanted so
badly for Christmas.  She just knew that Santa would bring it." I
told him that maybe Santa was going to bring it. He said "No, Santa
can't go where my sister is, I have to give the doll to my Momma to
take to her."
  
I asked him where his sister was. He looked at me with the saddest
eyes and said, "She has gone to be with Jesus.  My Daddy says that
Momma is going to have to go be with her."
  
My heart nearly stopped beating. Then the boy looked at me again
and said, "I told my Daddy to tell Momma not to go yet. I told him
to tell her to wait till I got back from the store." Then he asked
me if I wanted to see his picture. I
told him I would love to. He pulled out some pictures he'd had
taken at the front of the store. He said, "I want my Momma to take
this with her so she doesn't ever forget me.  I love my Momma so
very much and I wish she did not have to leave me.  But Daddy says
she will need to be with my sister."
  
I saw that the little boy had lowered his head and had grown so
very quiet.  While he was not looking I reached into my purse and
pulled out a hand full of bills. I asked the little boy, "Shall we
count that money one more time?"
  
He grew excited and said , "Yes, I just know it has to be enough"
So I slipped my money in with his and we began to count it. And of
course it was plenty for the doll. He softly said, "Thank you Jesus
for giving me enough money."

Then the boy said, "I just asked Jesus to give me enough money to
buy this doll so Momma can take it with her to give to my sister. 
And he heard my prayer.  I wanted to ask him for enough to buy my
Momma a white rose, but I didn't ask him, but he gave me enough to
buy the doll and a rose for my momma.  She loves white roses so
very very much."
  
In a few minutes the aunt came back and I wheeled my cart away. I
could not keep from thinking about the little boy as I finished my
shopping in a totally different spirit than when I had started.
  
And I kept remembering a story I had seen in the newspaper several
days earlier about a drunk driver hitting a car and killing a
little girl and the Mother was in serious condition. The family was
deciding on removal of the life support. Now surely this little boy
did not belong with that story.
  
Two days later I read in the paper where the family had
disconnected the life support and the young woman had died. I could
not forget the little boy and just kept wondering if the two were
somehow connected. Later that day, I could not help myself and I
went out and bought some white roses and took them to
  the funeral home where the young woman was. And there she was
holding a lovely white rose, the beautiful doll, and the picture of
the little boy in the store.
  
I left there in tears, my life changed forever. The love that
little boy had for his little sister and his mother was
overwhelming. And in a split second a drunk driver had ripped the
life of that little boy to pieces.
  
  Written by V.A.Bailey

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