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Wishes do come true
By Jan Richards
Saturday, June 16, 2001
Wishes do come true
Six weeks before Mrs. Naplesí daughter was to graduate from High School, she took her daughter shopping for a graduation present, a bracelet she wanted. Mrs. Naples entered the jewelry store, with her daughter and walked over to the showcase. While looking at the bracelet, she noticed here daughter eyeing a beautiful watch. Then she saw her turn her sad eyes in the direction of the bracelet.
Seeing her daughterís reaction to the watch made the mother feel very sad. She knew she didnít have enough money to buy the watch for her daughter. She turned to her daughter and asked ,"You really like that watch?"
"Yes, I know it is too much for you and dad to spend."
Mrs. Naples turned to the man and asked, "May I look at the watch over here?"
The man took the watch out of the showcase and handed it to Mrs. Naples, who turned to her daughter and said, "Try it on. See how it looks on your arm."
"Mother, I know you can not afford it."
"I know, just try it on and see how you like it."
Mrs. Naples turned to the man, while the daughter tried the watch on her wrist and asked, "What is the price of the watch?"
Mrs. Naples looked at her daughter admiring the watch on her arm and then asked her to take it off so she could give it back to the man, who replaced it in the showcase. Then she turned to her daughter and asked, "Which bracelet do you like?"
Her daughterís sad eyes looked at bracelets but could not choose one, because her eyes kept drifting in the direction of the watch. When the mother saw this, she told the man they would return.
Walking through the Mall, she said to her daughter, "Maybe I could pay $5.00 a week on lay-away. Then you could have the watch in six weeks when you graduate."
Her daughterís eyes took on a sparkle as her cheeks grew rosy with excitement. "Can you afford $5.00 a week?"
"I will cut down on expenses."
Mrs. Naples and her daughter finished shopping and returned to the jewelry store to look at the watch once more. When they were inside the mother asked the man, "May I see this watch."
The man picked the watch out of the showcase and handed it to Mrs. Naples, who turned to her daughter and asked, "Do you really love this watch?"
"Yes, mother, I really do."
Her mother turned to the man and asked, "Would I be able to put this watch on lay-away paying $5.00 a week for six weeks?"
"Yes," the man answered. "I will get the paper work started."
After the papers were filled out and Mrs. Naples gave her first $5.00 dollars the watch was handed to her daughter, who put it on her wrist. The daughter was so excited she kissed her mother right in front of the man. "Thank you so much mother. I cannot believe you really bought me a watch. Are you sure you an afford it and Dad will not be angry?"
"There are a few things I can do without and I am sure he wants you to be happy with your gift, and you were not happy with the bracelet."
Walking home, Mrs. Naplesí daughter kept looking at her watch every five minutes.
"Youíre going to wear your eyes out looking at that watch all the time."
"I cannot believe itís really mine."
On the way to the car, Mrs. Naples met a neighbor, and she stopped to gossip. In the conversation, the neighbor asked, "Have you heard from your son?"
"My sonís leave was canceled, because he has to go overseas. I wish they would let him come home first."
The neighbor listened to the sad story and could see tears starting to develop in her neighborís eyes, as she spoke of her son. As Mrs. Naples continued talking, a soldier in full-dress uniform, carrying a duffel bag, stepped out of a car and was heading for the restaurant with his friends.
He looked around as he walked, and spotted a woman who resembled his mother. He wondered to himself, "Could my mother be at the Mall today?"
Mrs. Naples continued talking to the neighbor who noticed her son and said, "Look at that soldier over there?"
Mrs. Naples looked, but without her glasses on, she could not see distance, so she did not notice the features of the soldier. She said to her neighbor as she looked, "I wish that soldier were my son. Some woman is going to be surprised."
At that moment the soldier cried out, "Mom," and Mrs. Naples turned to see the soldier running towards her. When the soldier reached Mrs. Naples, she could not hold the tears back, rolling down her face, as she cried, "My son, my son. Youíre home. I prayed so hard."
The soldier embraced his mother and held her tight, then he kissed her.
Mrs. Naples turned to her neighbor and said, "Wishes do come true ," and her daughter said, "You can say that again.
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|Reviewed by ANGEL
|LOVED THE STORY. BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE.|
|Reviewed by Melanie
|I think it's a very inspiring story. :)|
|Reviewed by Betty
|Jan, loved your story! Gives me incentive to get to my own.|
|Reviewed by Colleen
|hey that story was very good.|