Entering the park, I noticed a slight breeze that rustled the red leaves making them fall to the solid ground one by one. The air was warm, the beams of sunlight glowing on my skin. I laid down a blanket on the grassy ground and sat down, enjoying the unusually good weather.

My ears were filled with that beautiful sound of children laughing out loud. All the kids from the neighborhood were here in the park. Children were playing a game of hide and seek and I laughed at their tries to cover themselves. I looked to the other side of the park and saw some kids playing on the swing.

They all looked like they were enjoying themselves.

At that moment, a small boy, who was blowing bubbles while running, fell down. He began crying out and my heart broke.

“Mommy.”

His mother quickly rushed to the small child. She knelt down and looked over his scrapped knee. My smile widened as I heard the boy laugh when his mom kissed his injury. She wrapped her hands around him and took him in her arms, cooing softly.

My hand unconsciously moved to my stomach. It rubbed gently over my belly. It then hit me that it wasn’t flat anymore. I had a slight bump now. Soon I might become one of those mothers who would worry every time their children played in the park.

My eyes burned as I stared at the loving mother. Would I also become like her? Would I see the baby as the center of my world? I hoped so.

I took out my phone and pressed the numbers as I felt tears leaving my eyes. Without thinking further about it, I cancelled the appointment that would have ended a life before it even had the chance to begin. I ended the call and thought about my new life that would start in a few months.

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Greene M Wills
Greene M Wills(@greene-m-wills)
1 year ago

Innocence and love save an unformed life and open a world of possibilities… I really loved the idea of a whole future in front of her. Her child is still invisible but is such a powerful presence already!

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

Such a decision is always incredibly hard; that this love of a mother for her child inspired the young woman to keep her child is lovely.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago
Reply to  Katy Bizi

It makes me glad I’m not still nursing. Hard decisions.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Such a deep story here Katy, a random act of a mothers love for her child, could change the lives of two – by someone whom she never knew! Inspiration indeed!

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Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
1 year ago

Beautiful, Katy! Sometimes things happen at just the right time and this time your protagonist was saved a lifetime of regret.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Wow! I was touched. You made my tears shedding. I can’t help myself but cry. It was the best decision she did, choosing to be a loving mother must be hard, but it is worth the whole world. Thank you for sharing this awesome story. Congratulations.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago
Reply to  Katy Bizi

You’re welcome, Katy.

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Dipayan Chakrabarti
Dipayan Chakrabarti(@dipayan-chakrabarti)
1 year ago

The exquisite mental pictures add to the meaning, richness, and effect of the story.

Dipayan Chakrabarti
Dipayan Chakrabarti(@dipayan-chakrabarti)
1 year ago
Reply to  Katy Bizi

You’re welcome.

Mary Kot
Mary Kot(@mary-kot)
1 year ago

Tears are running down my cheeks, wow! That was an emotional roller coaster. Thank you for sharing your story with us!

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Mary Kot
Mary Kot(@mary-kot)
1 year ago
Reply to  Katy Bizi

You’re very welcome!

Brigitta Hegyi
Brigitta Hegyi(@brigitta-hegyi)
1 year ago

So beautiful, how this little, innocent act influences a really hard decision. Congrats!

Panos Bizi
Panos Bizi(@panos-bizi)
1 year ago

How inspiring! A simple act that saved a life. Makes you wonder how our acts affect our suroundings. Nicely done!

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Panos Bizi
Panos Bizi(@panos-bizi)
1 year ago
Reply to  Katy Bizi

You’re welcome!

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