Friday, November 30, 2007

Emily and Victoria


The soft flickering glow of the candles could be seen from the window of the tiny home. A blanklet of fresh fallen snow covered the ground below.What you could not see from the street was the love of this Mother for her child. There were no bought presents placed beneath the tiny tree. Money had been tight this Christmas, Emily had some how managed to save enough scraps of material ,lace and trims from the dresses she sewed for the landowner's wife and daughters to fashion a beautiful dress for her precious Victoria. She had also made a doll out of the left over musslin she had backed the quilt with she had made to keep her little one warm. Using the rest of the fabric scraps, buttons and ribbions,Emily labored into the wee hours of the morning designing lovely doll clothes with matching hats. She felt a saddness in her heart for not being able to give Victoria all the fancy things the landowner's daughters would wake up to in the morning. Victoria was such a darling child,who went about all her chores smiling all the while watching the other children laugh and play. Emily woke her daughter on Christmas morning to a breakfast of tea and day old bread. After which they went up to the main house to see the gifts the family had recieved. There were dress made of silk ,china dolls and tea sets,a doll house filled with furniture. The stockings were over flowing with candy,fruit and nuts. Victoria was given some fruit and candy from the lady of the house. Emily pulled on her young daughter's boots and once again trugged in the snow back to their tiny home. "Emily said to Victoria let us see what Santa has brought you. The squeals of delight from Victoria as she discovered each wonderful gift warm Emily's heart. Victoria looked up at her Mother and said Mom there is one more gift under the tree and it is from me to you. The five year old child had drawn a picture of her Mother and herself with big happy smiles upon their faces. Tears filled Emily's eyes as her little daughter told her Mother she was the luckiest child in the world to have a loving Mother and such a fine Christmas.

24 comments:

Mockingbird Hill said...

What a sweet story...it sounds like it could have really happened! At one time in my life, it was just my daughter and myself and this really touched my heart. Thanks for sharing this with all of us!

Cassie

Tea Time and Roses said...

What a beautiful story Mary... Thank you so much for sharing it.

Hugs...

Beverly

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I have been waiting and watching for you to write us a story!!! Clapping hands over here...that was great!!! More, more!

smilnsigh said...

Beautiful little story. Thank you.

And thank you for visiting in Rose Michelle's blog... the wife whose husband just deployed. Poor Dear, she's already had her oral surgery today/Sat. Oh my! Poor Dear.

Mari-Nanci

carole said...

Mary Isabella:
Lovely and thought provoking tale you gave to us!!! I am trying to clap louder than Phyllis : ) I got goose bumps and misty eyed.
Thank you very much
carole
Thank you for coming by and saying hi

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

A very beautiful and touching story!
:)

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

That's a very nice Christmas story. Did you write it? I love little stories like that with happy endings. And I love your new header...it's really pretty and you left the little daisy so I'd recognize that I was really here. LOL! I also enjoy that peaceful music. So pleasant!

Jackie said...

What a wonderful story. You have such a gift. I will be visiting again.

Mary Isabella said...

To answer Vee, yes I wrote this little story. I wanted to give each of you something for Christmas. I plan to write a least one each week until Christmas my small gift to each of you. Sunday Morning Blessings. Mary

BittersweetPunkin said...

Oh how sweet...and humbling....I loved that. Thank you
Love,
Robin

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Old Christmas cards made into accordians: http://rebeccasower.typepad.com/

Kari & Kijsa said...

Wonderful...that is exactly what we needed to hear today...we are with Phyllis...***clap, clap***

Merry Christmas blessings,

kari and kijsa

Mimi said...

Thank you so much for visiting with me on my blog today...
What a wonderful story...... I loved it .. and I will be checking back each day so I won't miss your next story...
you have a beautiful blog...
Mimi

The Polka Dot Pixie said...

What a lovely story!
Stopping by to tell you that you won a bluebird! Come visit me :-)

Back Through Time said...

What a sweet and touching story. Thank you
Michelle

Patty said...

a very sweet story !

Find Your Wings said...

I love your whole site-what a thankful person you are-thanks for the comment about my bushy cat-she is a gentle blessing in my life-what a great writer you are too!!

see you there! said...

What a lovely story. I think one of lifes greatest gifts is having or being a loving Mother.

Darla

cammyk said...

Such a sweet story. I would try your local library or Amazon for the Tasha Tudor Christmas video. I think you would really enjoy it.

smilnsigh said...

You've been to my blog. But please read here and see why I can't comment in yours, for a bit. Yish...

Mari-Nanci

Kathleen Grace said...

I came over from a comment you left on my blog to find this enchanting story, how wonderful! I have to admit that I am even more charmed because my youngest daughters name is Victoria, but it is a wonderful story all the same. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your sweet commnet. I have to go check out the rest of your blog now:>)

bj said...

Oh, my....you are a writer! How exciting and what a lovely story....
bj

Mrs. Staggs said...

Thank you for the gift of this lovely story, Mary Isabella. I look forward to reading more.

Jodi said...

Mary ~ this is so delightful! I am going to sneak back downstairs after I get the children in bed, bring my hot mocha with me and read your story! Oh, I can't wait! :o)