The Doll


  I was walking around in a Wall Mart when I
 noticed a Cashier returning some money to a little boy.
  The boy couldn't have been more than 5 or 6 years old.
  The Cashier said, 'I'm sorry, but you
 don't have enough money to buy this doll.'
  Then the little boy turned to the old
 woman next to him: ''Granny, are you sure I don't have enough money?''
  The old lady replied: ''You know that you
 don't have enough money to buy this doll, my dear.''
  Then she asked him to stay there for just
 5 minutes while she went to look around. She left quickly.
  The little boy was still holding the doll
 in his hand.
  Finally, I walked toward him and I asked
 him who he wished to give this doll to.
  'It's the doll that my sister loved most
 and wanted so much for Christmas.
  She was sure that Santa Claus would bring
 it to her.'
  I replied to him that maybe Santa Claus
 would bring it to her after all, and not to worry.
  But he replied to me sadly. 'No, Santa
 Claus can't bring it to her where she is now. I have to give the doll to my
 mommy so that she can give it to my sister when she goes there.'
  His eyes were so sad while saying this.
 'My Sister has gone to be with God. Daddy says that Mommy is going to see
 God very soon too, so I thought that she could take the doll with her to
 give it to my sister.''
  My heart nearly stopped.
  The little boy looked up at me and said:
 'I told daddy to tell mommy not to go yet. I need her to wait until I come
 back from the mall.'
  Then he showed me a very nice photo of
 himself. He was laughing. He then told me 'I want mommy to take my picture
 with her so she won't forget me.'
  'I love my mommy and I wish she didn't
 have to leave me, but daddy says that she has to go to be with my little sister.'
  Then he looked again at the doll with sad eyes, very quietly.
  I quickly reached for my wallet and said to the boy. 'Suppose we check again,

just in case you do have enough money  for the doll!''
  'OK' he said, 'I hope I do have enough.' I
 added some of my money to his without him seeing and we started to count
 it. There was enough for the doll and even some spare money.
  The little boy said: 'Thank you God for giving me enough money!'
  Then he looked at me and added, 'I asked
 last night before I went to sleep for God to make sure I had enough money
 to buy this doll, so that mommy could give it to my sister. He heard me!''
  'I also wanted to have enough money to buy
 a white rose for my mommy, but I didn't dare to ask God for too much. But
 He gave me enough to buy the doll and a white rose.''
  'My mommy loves white roses.'
  A few minutes later, the old lady returned
 and I left with my basket.
  I finished my shopping in a totally
 different state of mind from when I started.
  I couldn't get the little boy out of my  mind.
  Then I remembered a local news paper
 article two days ago, which mentioned a drunk man in a truck, who hit a car
 occupied by a young  woman and a little girl.
  The little girl died right away, and the
 mother was left in a critical
  state. The family had to decide whether to
 pull the plug on the
  life-sustaining machine, because the young
 woman would not be able to recover from the coma.
  Was this the family of the little boy?
  Two days after this encounter with the
 little boy, I read in the news paper that the young woman had passed away.
  I couldn't stop myself as I bought a bunch
 of white roses and I went to the funeral home where the body of the young
 woman was for people to see and make last wishes before her burial.
  She was there, in her coffin, holding a
 beautiful white rose in her hand with the photo of the little boy and the
 doll placed over her chest.
  I left the place, teary-eyed, feeling that
 my life had been changed for ever.. The love that the little boy had for
 his mother and his sister is  still, to this day, hard to imagine.
  And in a fraction of a second, a drunk
 driver had taken all this away from him.
  Now you have 2 choices:
  1) Tell this message to others, or
  2) Ignore it as if it never touched your  heart.

The quote of the year is by Jay Leno:

 'With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding,
 severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and
 with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, 'Are we sure this is a
 good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'