Mother's Present

Friday, 21 September 2018 20:44

Tracy was determined. She believed the world was cruel and that it was her duty to show everyone the truth.

She didn’t have this belief when she was a child. It was a conclusion that came to her after her father died. That was five years ago. He had been very ill for a while. Tracy had wanted to help him, but what could she do?

After her father's death, she didn’t know how she would go on. But time passed, the pain went away, and within a year, Tracy's mother introduced Tracy to her co-worker Frank. Tracy's mother said that Frank was only a friend, nothing more, but Tracy understood.

Frank turned out to be a good stepfather. He was always attentive to Tracy and he never raised his voice to her, but still Tracy would not give him a chance. She didn’t like that her mother had replaced her father and she especially didn’t like how quickly her mother had replaced him. She decided that after graduation, she would live on her own.

When Tracy left, she didn't tell her mother where her new apartment was and she didn’t answer her mother’s calls and emails. At work, she always got compliments on her efficiency. As to how she felt inside, who knows?

But one day when Tracy was returning from work, she saw a dark but familiar silhouette standing near her apartment door. It was her mother. Tracy walked up to her mother defiantly.

"How did you find me?" Tracy asked.

"It was hard, but I wanted to find you and so here I am."

"What do you want?"

"Nothing. I just want to see you. I just want to talk to you. I want to know how you are."

"I'm okay. Any other questions?"

"Look, I understand that you’re mad about Frank..."

"I couldn’t care less about Frank," Tracy snapped.

"And what about me? I love you. I'm worried. I don't know what you do, where you go, how you pass the time, or who you pass the time with.”

"I'm okay," Tracy repeated.

"Don't push me away," Tracy's mother said.


"But there's one problem-"

"Of course," Tracy interrupted. "You have a problem. Everybody has to wait while you fix your problem.”

"Please, don't talk like that. I just wanted to say that Frank’s been having financial difficulties recently, so I can’t help you at the moment."

"I don't need your money."

"I know you’re too proud to take money from your mother. But tomorrow is your birthday. Let me give you a present."

"You said you had financial problems," Tracy said.

“I'll figure something out," Tracy's mother said.

Tracy’s mother got on Tracy’s computer, went to completed the application form, and got the money to buy her daughter a present.

After work the next day, Tracy once again spotted the same familiar silhouette standing near her apartment door. Silently, Tracy’s mother handed her a small, velvety box. It was a gift. Tracy accepted it. It was the first step to reconciling with her mother.

Want to Explore More?