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Trader Jakes – Issue 950- July 9, 2021

Page 14 “Thank You For Reading Trader Jakes”

The Doll & the White Rose

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 grand-

kids 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 con-

tinued 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 Mamma to take to her." I asked

him where his sister was. He looked at me with the saddest eyes

and said, "She was gone to be with Jesus. My Daddy says that

Mamma 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 Mamma 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 Mamma to take this with

her so she don't ever forget me. I love my Mama 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 handful 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. 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 Mamma 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 Mamma

a white rose, but I didn't ask him, but he gave me enough to buy her

doll and a rose for my Mamma. 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 whether to remove 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.