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    Senior Member Master in FishingTX gator's Avatar
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    The Christmas Dime

    The Dime!
    Author Unknown
    (Thanks, My Joy)

    Bobby was getting cold sitting out in his back yard in the snow. Bobby
    didn't wear boots; he didn't like them, and, anyway, he didn't own any. The
    thin sneakers he wore had a few holes in them and they did a poor job of
    keeping out the cold.

    Bobby had been in his backyard for about an hour already. And, try as he
    might, he could not come up with an idea for his mother's Christmas gift. He
    shook his head as he thought, "This is useless, even if I do come up with an
    idea, I don't have any money to spend."

    Ever since his father had passed away three years ago, the family of five
    had struggled. It wasn't because his mother didn't care, or try, there just
    never seemed to be enough. She worked nights at the hospital, but the small
    wage that she was earning could only be stretched so far. What the family
    lacked in money and material things, they more than made up for in love and
    family unity.

    Bobby had two older and one younger sister, who ran the house hold in their
    mother's absence. All three of his sisters had already made beautiful gifts
    for their mother.

    Somehow it just wasn't fair. Here it was Christmas Eve already, and he had
    Wiping a tear from his eye, Bobby kicked the snow and started to walk down
    to the street where the shops and stores were. It wasn't easy being six
    without a father, especially when he needed a man to talk to. Bobby walked
    from shop to shop, looking into each decorated window. Everything seemed so
    beautiful and so out of reach.

    It was starting to get dark and Bobby reluctantly turned to walk home when
    suddenly his eyes caught the glimmer of the setting sun's rays reflecting
    off of something along the curb. He reached down and dis-covered a shiny
    dime. Never before has anyone felt so wealthy as Bobby felt at that moment.

    As he held his new-found treasure, a warmth spread throughout his entire
    body and he walked into the first store he saw. His excitement quickly
    turned cold when the salesperson told him that he couldn't buy anything with
    only a dime. He saw a flower shop and went inside to wait in line.

    When the shop owner asked if he could help him, Bobby presented the dime and
    asked if he could buy one flower for his mother's Christmas gift. The shop
    owner looked at Bobby and his ten-cent offering. Then he put his hand on
    Bobby's shoulder and said to him, "You just wait here and I'll see what I
    can do for you."

    As Bobby waited he looked at the beautiful flowers and even though he was a
    boy, he could see why mothers and girls liked flowers. The sound of the door
    closing as the last customer left, jolted Bobby back to reality.

    All alone in the shop, Bobby began to feel alone and afraid. Suddenly the
    shop owner came out and moved to the counter. There, before Bobby's eyes,
    lay twelve long stem, red roses, with leaves of green and tiny white flowers
    all tied together with a big silver bow.

    Bobby's heart sank as the owner picked them up and placed them gently into a
    long white box. "That will be ten cents young man." the shop owner said
    reaching out his hand for the dime. Slowly, Bobby moved his hand to give the
    man his dime. Could this be true? No one else would give him a thing for his

    Sensing the boy's reluctance, the shop owner added, "I just happened to have
    some roses on sale for ten cents a dozen. Would you like them?" This time
    Bobby did not hesitate, and when the man placed the long box into his hands,
    he knew it was true. Walking out the door that the owner was holding for
    Bobby, he heard the shop keeper say, "Merry Christmas, son."

    As he returned inside, the shop keeper's wife walked out. "Who were you
    talking to back there and where are the roses you were fixing?"

    Staring out the window, and blinking the tears from his own eyes, he
    replied, "A strange thing happened to me this morning. While I was setting
    up things to open the shop, I thought I heard a voice telling me to set side
    a dozen of my best roses for a special gift. I wasn't sure at the time
    whether I had lost my mind or what, but I set them aside anyway. Then just
    a few minutes ago, a little boy came into the shop and wanted to buy a
    flower for his mother with one small dime.

    "When I looked at him, I saw myself, many years ago. I too, was a poor boy
    with nothing to buy my mother a Christmas gift. A bearded man, whom I never
    knew, stopped me on the street and told me that he wanted to give me ten

    "When I saw that little boy tonight, I knew who that voice was, and I put
    together a dozen of my very best roses." The shop owner and his wife hugged
    each other tightly, and as they stepped out into the bitter cold air, they
    somehow didn't feel cold at all.

    May this story instill the spirit of Christmas in you enough to pass this
    act of giving along.

    Have a Joyous and Christ-filled season.
    Give me a sense of humor, Lord;
    Give me the grace to see a joke,
    To get some humor out of life,
    And pass it on to other folk.

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    Senior Member Master in FishingTX whitebassfisher's Avatar
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    Very good story...

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    Ma eyes was leaking !!!!!!!!!

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    Senior Member Master in FishingTX Pawpop's Avatar
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    Thank You; BCD
    And GOD said:

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