"Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.."- Antoine de Saint Exupéry



Family. She was tought that this is all that matters. And it was because she was born in South America, in a family of strong characters, that Maria dedicated her whole life to her family. It was not easy to grow up in their rich family with their strong father and extremely religious mother.
Maria was the best in everythng, better than her brothers. Now a doctor, mother of two, wife and daugther she was facing her own drama: the cancer only left her few months to live.
It was only now, after a lifetime’s sacrifice, that her family forgot all the rigour of rules and discipline and supported her. Countless drugs and treatments were tried, countless clinics contacted, a cortege of specialists came straingt to the family villa to see Maria and find a cure. Even the old mother, Lucia, swore crying on her knees, in front of Saint Anthony, that if her daughter will regain her life she will live like a nun for the rest of her life.
Yet, all money and prayers served for nothing. And all regrets could not make good this drama. Maria closed her eyes in a Sunday morning as the shining sun made her face look like an angel.

Tears in her eyes
Lucia regrets the days
when she gave no love.


220 words

memyselfandela, 2013

This is my entry for: Līgo Haībun Challenge

11 responses

  1. kz

    wonderful, touching tale… i belong to a proud, religious family, on the father’s side, w/ strict upbringing, etc.. i have an idea how this feels. well-expressed.

    February 23, 2013 at 15:52

    • Thank you so much KZ, you honor me with your kind words. 🙂

      February 24, 2013 at 16:54

  2. Aw. 😦 I hope she rejoices in the love she did give.

    February 23, 2013 at 18:06

    • 🙂 It’s just a story, Anne, but the lesson between the lines is:
      “Give love while you still can, never wait for tomorrow”.
      Thank you.

      February 24, 2013 at 16:55

  3. Good, full story in such a few words. Well done.

    February 23, 2013 at 20:21

  4. Wonderful sad story. Moving.

    February 25, 2013 at 19:21

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  6. your story is one to reflect deeply upon. love is all we need…

    March 3, 2013 at 05:42

    • Yes, love is all we need. Thank you dear friend. 🙂

      March 4, 2013 at 00:22

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