Bursting through the front door, ten year old Lily rushed to her mother. “Look what I rescued!” Her eyes danced as she thrust an injured bird toward her mother’s face.
“Sweet girl, you cannot continue to bring home every forlorn critter you find.”
“But Mom,” she protested, “it’s just one. AND he needs me!”
Her Mom smiled and replied, “With you, it is never just one. Find a shoe box and we’ll see what we can do.”
Spirited Lily bounded into the room. Words rushed from her mouth. “Mom, I need to tell you something. Middle School is hard right? You told me to be careful who I spent time with ‘cause kids can be mean. I, uh, decided to hangout with Savannah anyway. You need to know she does swear, or at least she used to. But Mom, she’s just one and she needed a friend.”
Startled and amused her Mom answered “I guess then I better meet her. Sweet girl, I’m proud of you.”
Rushing through the door, Lily yelled, “Mom! Mom! Savannah and I want to go to Nicaragua.”
“Sweet girl, why on earth would two seventeen year olds want to do that?”
“It’s a youth group mission trip. Come on Mom, it’s just one! We’ll help people. Pleeeease.”
Her Mom shook her head “I don’t doubt that for a minute, give me the details?”
Answering the phone, she was delighted to hear Lily’s familiar voice. “Mom, it opens tomorrow. I know it’s just one, but we will impact our community.”
“Sweet girl, do you want my help? Running your own soup kitchen can’t be easy.”
Lily replied “Just this once Mom. I want you there to see the dream fulfilled. And Mom, thanks for always believing in me.”
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