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obby was getting cold sitting in his backyard    something  along  the  curb.  He
                 in  the  snow.  Bobby  didn't  wear  boots;  he   reached  down  and  discovered  a
          Bdidn't like them and anyway, he didn't own             shiny  dime.  Never  before  has
          any. The thin sneakers he wore had a few holes in       anyone felt so wealthy as Bobby
          them and they did a poor job of keeping out the         felt at that moment!
          cold.                                                   As  he  held  his  newly  found
          Bobby had been in his backyard for about an hour        treasure,  a  warmth  spread
          already. And, try as he might, he could not come up     throughout his entire body and he
          with  an  idea  for  his  mother's  Christmas  gift.  He   walked into the first store he saw.
          shook  his  head  as  he  thought,  "This  is  useless,   His  excitement  quickly  turned
          even if I do come up with an idea, I don't have any     cold  when  salesperson  after
          money to spend."                                        salesperson  told  him  that  he
          Ever since his father had passed away three years       could not buy anything with only a
          ago,  the  family  of  five  had  struggled.  It  wasn't   dime.
          because his mother didn't care, or try, there just      Finally he saw a florist and went
          never seemed to be enough. She worked nights at         inside  to  wait  in  line.  When  the
          the  hospital,  but  the  small  wage  that  she  was   shop owner asked if he could help
          earning could only be stretched so far.                 him,  Bobby  presented  the  dime
          What  the  family  lacked  in  money  and  material     and  asked  if  he  could  buy  one
          things,  they  more  than  made  up  for  in  love  and   flower for his mother as a Christ-
          family unity. Bobby had two older and one younger       mas gift. The shop owner looked
          sister,  who  ran  the  household  in  their  mother's   at Bobby and his ten cent offering.
          absence.                                                Then he put his hand on Bobby's
          All three of his sisters had already made beautiful     shoulder and said, "You just wait
          gifts for their mother. Somehow it just wasn't fair.    here and I'll see what I can do for
          Here  it  was  Christmas  Eve  already,  and  he  had   you."
          nothing  to  give  her.  Wiping  a  tear  from  his  eye,       Continued on p. 8
                                                                          Continued on p. 8
          Bobby  kicked  the  snow  and  started  to
          walk down to the street where the shops
          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
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