From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

June 19

When my high-school home-economics teacher announced that we would be having a formal mother-daughter tea, I felt certain I would not be serving my mother at this special event.

Who would be looking after Granny who was bed-ridden following a stroke? Who would be home to greet my three little sisters when they got home from school? How would she get here, since we didn’t own a car and she couldn’t afford a taxi?

So I will never forget walking into the gaily decorated gym—and there she was, wearing a red dress with tiny white flowers, just right for the tea.

I was so proud! I served her tea and introduced her boldly to the group. The look of love in her eyes told me she understood how important it was to me.

One of the promises I made to myself and to my children was that I would always be there for them. That promise is sometimes difficult to keep, but I have an example before me that puts any lame excuses to rest. I just recall when Mother came to tea.

Margie M. Coburn

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