This made me cry!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Cats Critters, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    I got this in an email from my mom that her boss sent her....

    In September 1960, I woke up one morning with six hungry babies and
    just 75 cents in my pocket.

    Their father was gone..

    The boys ranged from three months to seven years; their sister was two.

    Their Dad had never been much more than a presence they feared.

    Whenever they heard his tires crunch on the gravel driveway they would
    scramble to hide under their beds.

    He did manage to leave $15 a week to buy groceries.

    Now that he had decided to leave, there would be no more beatings, but no
    food either.

    If there was a welfare system in effect in southern Indiana at that time, I
    certainly knew nothing about it.

    I scrubbed the kids until they looked brand new and then put on my best
    homemade dress, loaded them into the rusty old 51 Chevy and drove off to find a

    The seven of us went to every factory, store and restaurant in our small

    No luck.

    The kids stayed crammed into the car and tried to be quiet while I tried to
    convince who ever would listen that I was willing to learn or do anything. I
    had to have a job.

    Still no luck. The last place we went to, just a few miles out of town, was
    an old Root Beer Barrel drive-in that had been converted to a truck stop.

    It was called the Big Wheel.

    An old lady named Granny owned the place and she peeked out of the window
    from time to time at all those kids.

    She needed someone on the graveyard shift, 11 at night until seven in the

    She paid 65 cents an hour, and I could start that night.

    I raced home and called the teenager down the street that baby-sat for

    I bargained with her to come and sleep on my sofa for a dollar a night.

    She could arrive with her pajamas on and the kids would already be asleep

    This seemed like a good arrangement to her, so we made a deal.

    That night when the little ones and I knelt to say our prayers, we all
    thanked God for finding Mommy a job.. And so I started at the Big Wheel.

    When I got home in the mornings I woke the baby-sitter up and sent her home
    with one dollar of my tip money-- fully half of what I averaged every night.

    As the weeks went by, heating bills added a strain to my meager wage.

    The tires on the old Chevy had the consistency of penny balloons and began
    to leak. I had to fill them with air on the way to work and again every morning
    before I could go home.

    One bleak fall morning, I dragged myself to the car to go home and found
    four tires in the back seat. New tires!

    There was no note, no nothing, just those beautiful brand new tires.

    Had angels taken up residence in Indiana ? I wondered.

    I made a deal with the local service station.

    In exchange for his mounting the new tires, I would clean up his office.

    I remember it took me a lot longer to scrub his floor than it did for him
    to do the tires.

    I was now working six nights instead of five and it still wasn't enough.

    Christmas was coming and I knew there would be no money for toys for the
    kids .

    I found a can of red paint and started repairing and painting some old toys.
    Then I hid them in the basement so there would be something for Santa to
    deliver on Christmas morning.

    Clothes were a worry too. I was sewing patches on top of patches on the
    boys pants and soon they would be too far gone to repair.

    On Christmas Eve the usual customers were drinking coffee in the Big Wheel.
    There were the truckers, Les, Frank, and Jim, and a state trooper named Joe.

    A few musicians were hanging around after a gig at the Legion and were
    dropping nickels in the pinball machine.

    The regulars all just sat around and talked through the wee hours of the
    morning and then left to get home before the sun came up.

    When it was time for me to go home at seven o'clock on Christmas morning, to
    my amazement, my old battered Chevy was filled full to the top with boxes of
    all shapes and sizes.

    I quickly opened the driver's side door, crawled inside and kneeled in the
    front facing the back seat..

    Reaching back, I pulled off the lid of the top box.

    Inside was whole case of little blue jeans, sizes 2-10!

    I looked inside another box: It was full of shirts to go with the jeans.

    Then I peeked inside some of the other boxes. There was candy and nuts and
    bananas and bags of groceries. There was an enormous ham for baking, and canned
    vegetables and potatoes.

    There was pudding and Jell-O and cookies, pie filling and flour. There was
    whole bag of laundry supplies and cleaning items.

    And there were five toy trucks and one beautiful little doll.

    As I drove back through empty streets as the sun slowly rose on the most
    amazing Christmas Day of my life, I was sobbing with gratitude.

    And I will never forget the joy on the faces of my little ones that
    precious morning.

    Yes, there were angels in Indiana that long-ago December. And they all hung
    out at the Big Wheel truck stop.

    THE POWER OF PRAYER. I believe that God only gives three answers to prayer:
    1. 'Yes!'
    2. 'Not yet.'
    3! have something better in mind.'

    God still sits on the throne, and the devil is a liar.

    You may be going through a tough time right now but God is getting ready to
    bless you in a way that you cannot imagine.​
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2010
  2. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

    Sep 16, 2008
    Levan, UT
    That's awesome! Thank you for sharing that!
  3. turney31

    turney31 Songster

    Sep 14, 2008
    palestine texas
  4. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    That has always been one of my favorites, thanks for posting it.
  5. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
  6. chickendude

    chickendude Songster

    Jun 4, 2009
    Dutchess County NY
    Thanks for sharing! I like the three answers to prayer.
  7. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    [​IMG] BeAuTiFuL [​IMG]
    Thanks for sharing this. [​IMG]
  8. Dunkopf

    Dunkopf Songster

    Sep 24, 2010
    Kiowa, Colorado
    People can be really great sometimes.
  9. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    I got a toothache from reading this it's so sweet! [​IMG]
  10. DTchickens

    DTchickens Crowing

    Mar 23, 2008
    Bailey, Mississippi.
    Thanks for sharing.. [​IMG]
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