“Can I see my baby?” the happy new mother asked.
When the bundle was nestled in her arms and she moved the fold of cloth to look upon his tiny face, she gasped.
The doctor turned quickly and looked out at the tall hospital window.
The baby had been born without ears.
Time proved that the baby’s hearing was perfect. It was only his appearance that was marred.
When he rushed home from school one day and flung himself into his mother’s arms, she sighed, knowing that his life was to be a succession of heartbreaks.
“But, you might mingle with other young people,” his mother reproved him, but felt a kindness in her heart.
The boy’s father had a session with the family physician. Could nothing be done?
“Ibelieve I could graft on a pair of outer ears, if they could be procured,” the doctor
Whereupon, the search began for a person who would make such a sacrifice for
a young man.
Two years went by.
One day his father said, “You are going to the hospital, son. Mother and I have someone who will donate the ears you need. But, it’s a secret who it is.”
The operation was a brilliant success, and a new person emerged.
His talents blossomed into genius, and school and college became a series of triumphs.
Later, he married and entered the diplomatic service.
The years kept their profound secret, but the day did come.
It was one of the darkest days that ever pass through a son.
He stood with his father over his mother’s casket.
Slowly, tenderly, the father stretched forth a hand and raised the thick, reddish-brown hair to reveal that the mother had no outer ears..!!
“Mother said she was glad she never let her hair be cut,” he whisper ed gently, “and nobody ever thought mother less beautiful, did they?”
Real beauty lies not in the physical appearance, but in the heart. Real treasure lies not in
what can be seen, but in what cannot be seen. Real love lies not in what is done and
known, but in what is done and not known….
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