A Mother Is Waiting

A Mother Is Waiting

From A 4th Course of Chicken Soup for the Soul

A Mother Is Waiting

God could not be everywhere, and so he made mothers!

Jewish Proverb

John Todd was born in Rutledge, Vermont, into a family of several children. They later moved to the village of Killings worth back in the early 1880s. There, at a very early age, both of John’s parents died.

One dear and loving aunt said she would take little John. The aunt sent a horse and a servant, Caesar, to get John who was only six at this time. On the way back, this endearing conversation took place.

John: Will she be there?

Caesar: Oh, yes, she’ll be there waiting up for you.

John: Will I like living with her?

Caesar: My son, you fall into good hands.

John: Will she love me?

Caesar: Ah, she has a big heart.

John: Will I have my own room? Will she let me have a puppy?

Caesar: She’s got everything all set, Son. I think she has some surprises, John.

John: Do you think she’ll go to bed before we get there?

Caesar: Oh, no! She’ll be sure to wait up for you. You’ll see when we get out of these woods. You’ll see her candle in the window.

Sure enough, as they neared the house, John saw a candle in the window and his aunt standing in the doorway. As he shyly approached the porch, she reached down, kissed him, and said, “Welcome home!”

John Todd grew up in his aunt’s home and later became a great minister. She was mother to him. She gave him a second home.

Years later his aunt wrote to tell John of her own impending death because of failing health. She wondered what would become of her.

This is what John Todd wrote in reply:

My Dear Aunt,

Years ago, I left a house of death, not knowing where I was to go , whether anyone cared , whether it was the end of me. The rid e was long, but the servant encouraged me. Finally I arrived to your embrace and a new home. I was expected ; I felt safe. You d id it all for me .

Now it’s your turn to go. I’m writing to let you know, some one is waiting up, your room is all re ad y, the light is on, the door is open, and you’re expected ! I know. I once saw God standing in your door way. .. long ago!

Excerpted from Moments for Mothers

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