Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Families Are Forever

--by warmth, posted Jul 2, 2007
Once there was a little boy named Jamey. He had some great friends, but his greatest friend was his mom. Not in some sissy way or anything like that. She was just different than the other moms.

While they were busy going to their fashion shows and their bridge parties, she was home with him. They'd play in the backyard together, go on bike rides, have long talks. She was the best football player on the whole block. At least that was what the other guys said. They really thought she was special. You know, they wished their moms were more like that.

Then one day Jamey was called home from school. There was a big white ambulance in the driveway. When Jamey walked in the front door his dad was talking to the doctor, and Jamey was scared.

They said he could only talk to his mom for a minute, and when he tiptoed into the bedroom and saw her lying on the bed she smiled and whispered, "Hi, Big J." That's what she always called him even though he wasn't very big. She said he always had a big heart.

She said, "Jamey, I'm going away and I won't be coming back. I'm dying."

Big tears came into Jamey's eyes and he said, "Mom, you just can't die."

And she said, "It's okay Babe, there's no regrets. I've been with you more in eleven years than most moms are with their boys in their whole lifetime."

He said, "I know mom, but you can't die, you can't."

And she said, "Jamey, there's a secret, and I never want you to forget it. --Families are forever, and even though you won't see me, I'll still be there watching over you, and waiting for you."

And he said, "But Mom, if I can't see you, well then, how will I know you're there?"

And she thought a minute and then she smiled and answered, "I'll build you a rainbow way up high above, send down a sunbeam plumb full of love, sprinkle down raindrops, teardrops of joy. I'll be as happy as springtime watching over my boy."

She kissed him, closed her eyes, and she was gone. As Jamey and his dad stood in the driveway watching the ambulance drive away, his dad broke down and started to cry. And they hugged each other real tight and Jamey felt his teardrop's on his own cheeks and cried too.

And then he remembered the secret--and he looked up and sure enough, there it was, right over their house--a big rainbow, just like she said!

And he said, "Dad, dad, it's all right. Families are forever!!"
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Readers Comments

Jaybee777 wrote: Family is forever! People live on after death. Nice story!
justoneheart wrote: To truly treasure your children and interact with them every day as if it were your last is a great gift to both mother and child. This story made me want to hug my little one close, and as soon as I get home I will do just that! Thank You!
JuneBug wrote: That was so good! Makes me think how I can take my family for granted.I love you should always be our last sentence to them because you never know.....
sasha wrote: Warmth your story is like a message to me and it comforts my soul. I was at work this morning when my aunt told me the sad news that my cousin was shot dead (I'll send the story). And through my grieve you came along with this story. Thank you a bundle and I'll be sharing this story with the rest of the family. Continue to spread your warmth in others life and may God continue to bless you (' ')
FREEhugsROCK wrote: I cried... I was so beautiful...
tenderheart wrote: wamth, I am so touch and crying from the sweetest story. Thanks for sharing it was heartwarming to read it. U right families r forever that's why we must cherish every moment we have with them. continue sharing :)

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