From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

July 16

My friend Debbie’s two daughters were in high school when she became pregnant with Tommy. As time went by, it seemed as though every day brought another reason to celebrate the gift of Tommy’s life.

One day when Tommy was about five years old, he and Debbie were driving to the mall. As is the way with children, out of nowhere, Tommy asked, “Mom, how old were you when I was born?”

“Thirty-six, Tommy. Why?” Debbie asked.

“What a shame!” Tommy responded. “Just think of all those years we didn’t know each other.”

Alice Collins

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