“I’m getting mom a necklace for Mother’s Day. It has the birthstones of all her kids on it,” Holly said as she made her mom a card in art class.
“Dad and I are going to get mom the sewing machine she has always wanted,” Freddy said.
“My brother and I have saved up our money for the last two weeks and we are going to get mom some roses. She loves roses. What are you going to get for your mom, Tracey?” Karen asked.
Tracey reached for the pink marker. She didn’t want to answer Karen’s question. She knew that all she could give her was the card she was making.
“You mean you don’t know yet?” Freddy asked.
Tracey shook her head and tried to hold back the tears. She knew if she cried the other kids would tease her.
“If you don’t have any money, why don’t you ask your daddy?” Holly said.
“My daddy doesn’t have the money. He just started his new job and we can’t spend any extra money.”
She looked down at the card for her mom. She had drawn a picture of a little girl holding a bouquet of flowers. She was quite pleased with her card, but she wished she could give her mom a little something else for Mother’s Day.
“Tracey, that is a beautiful card. You are a great artist,” the teacher said.
Tracey smiled at Miss Julie.
“I think your mom will love your card even though it isn’t jewelry or roses or a sewing machine.”
On her way home from school she thought about what her teacher had said. She knew that mom would love the card, but she wished she could get her something else too.
When she got off the bus that afternoon she went into her room and hid her card in her dresser drawer. She looked over at her Bible on the book shelf and remembered that Daddy had told her to pray when she needed something. She knelt down by her bed and prayed.
“Dear Jesus thank you for giving Daddy his job and thank you for Mom. I love mom very much and I want something special to give her for Mother’s Day. Daddy says you can help me when I need it. Please help me now. Amen.”
When she was done praying she got up and went downstairs. Her mom looked tired as she held her baby brother and stirred the soup they were going to have for dinner. Then she got an idea for her Mother’s Day gift. She ran upstairs and pulled out some paper and markers from her art kit. She didn’t have any money, but she could help her mom by taking care of Billy and doing some extra chores. She was going to make a coupon book for her mom. She worked all evening on her project.
Finally Sunday came and Daddy made breakfast for them. As they sat down to eat, Tracey handed her mom her gift.
“Happy Mother’s Day,” she said.
Tears came to her mom’s eyes as she read the card and opened the gift. She smiled as she leafed through the little coupon book she had made.
“Mom I’m sorry it’s not jewelry or flowers or something expensive.”
Mom took Tracey in her arms and hugged her tightly.
“This is so much better than something from a store. You are giving me your time and that is more valuable than any piece of jewelry.”
Tracey smiled as she returned her mom’s hug. She had made Mother’s Day special for her. She couldn’t wait to tell her teacher and her friends in school the next day.
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