Short Christmas Stories
Ten Cents Part 2
Cents Part 1
As Bobby waited, he looked at the beautiful flowers and
even though he was a boy, he could see why mothers and girls
The sound of the door closing as the last customer left
jolted Bobby back to reality. All alone in the shop, Bobby
began to feel alone and afraid.
Suddenly the shop owner came out and moved to the counter.
There, before Bobby's eyes, lay twelve long stem, red roses,
with leaves of green and tiny white flowers all tied together
with a big silver bow. Bobby's heart sank as the owner picked
them up and placed them gently into a long white box.
"That will be ten cents young man."
The shop owner said reaching out his hand for the dime.
Slowly, Bobby moved his hand to give the man his dime. Could
this be true? No one else would give him a thing for his
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Sensing the boy's reluctance, the shop owner added, "I
just happened to have some roses on sale for ten cents a
dozen. Would you like them?"
This time Bobby did not hesitate, and when the man placed
the long box into his hands, he knew it was true.
Walking out the door that the owner was holding for Bobby,
he heard the shopkeeper say, "Merry Christmas, son."
As he returned inside, the shopkeeper's wife walked out.
"Who were you talking to back there and where are the
roses you were fixing?"
Staring out the window, and blinking the tears from his
own eyes, he replied, "A strange thing happened to
me this morning. While I was setting up things to open the
shop, I thought I heard a voice telling me to set aside
a dozen of my best roses for a special gift. I wasn't sure
at the time whether I had lost my mind or what, but I set
them aside anyway.
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Then just a few minutes ago, a little boy came into the
shop and wanted to buy a flower for his mother with one
small dime. When I looked at him, I saw myself, many years
ago. I too was a poor boy with nothing to buy for my mother
on Christmas. A bearded man, whom I never knew, stopped
me on the street and told me that he wanted to give me ten
dollars. When I saw that little boy tonight, I knew who
that voice was, and I put together a dozen of my very best
The shop owner and his wife hugged each other tightly,
and as they stepped out into the bitter cold air, somehow
they didn't feel cold at all.
Cents Part 1
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