Harry was a ten year old boy who was orphaned at a very young age. He lived in an orphanage with about fifty other boys and girls, who suffered the same fate as him.
On the surface Harry was a happy, friendly and fun-loving boy, but inside he was lonely and angry with his parents for abandoning him when he had done nothing wrong.
One bitter winter night, Harry came down with a fever. He fainted and he was taken to the sanitarium. He woke up in a spotless white room. The doctors said that he had been affected by pneumonia.
Later, he was moved to the hospital because he had not improved. At the hospital he was given first class treatment, but his condition seemed to worsen. The doctors said that he had lost his will to live and that he had no hope of surviving if he went on like this.
One morning, about a week later, a middle-aged woman walked into his room. He paid no attention to her but she sat down on his bed and took his hand in hers. Harry felt something that he had never felt before. He looked up to the woman to see her smiling warmly at him and he found it easy to return the smile.
She told him wonderful things about the world and told him lots and lots of funny and exciting stories. He began to recover, much to the doctors’ astonishment. He got back his will to live.
One day the woman told Harry about how poor she was. She married young and had a baby. She loved her baby boy to the end of the world, but after her husband died, she lost her income and she couldn’t afford to raise the baby on her own so she let him off at an orphanage.
This story made Harry tear up, but little did he know that he was the baby that she had to give up, he was the child whom she loved so dearly. Harry was discharged from the hospital a few days later and he never saw or heard from the woman again.
It broke the mother’s heart to know that her baby boy would never know her, he would never know that it was his mother’s love that had saved him.
Harry sometimes say by the window and thought about the woman who had told him wonderful things, but little did he know that he was always on her mind, that she was his mother.