a simple story for Mother’s Day: Sarah’s Specialty Shop

Beauty is but a flower

Which wrinkles will devour.

~Thomas Nashe

Sarah reflected onto a time, when in her youth, her beauty captivated many folks, in the small town where she lived with her mother, just north of the Hollow Ridge Bridge. Many thought she had what it took to grace the covers of the latest fashion magazines, and many would urge her mother to seek fortune and fame for her daughter.

Sarah’s mother, however, was wise and she knew the burden that can come with youthful physical beauty. She saw how quickly her own beauty faded in time and how her looks became like that of the dull shadows that eventually covers over on an old faded mirror.

Disregarding countless beauty pageant entries and mindless photo shoots to fill her young daughter’s modeling portfolio, Sarah’s mother, instead,  opened a ‘shop’  in her daughter’s mind.

This specialty shop began small and simple.

As far back as she can remember, Sarah watched her mother on many occasions, sitting with frail old Miss Taylor in the sun room of the Dragonfly Nursing Home. It had the same familiar old folk’s home smell and the drab furniture sparsely scattered around the room.

Sarah sat alongside mother.

The only inventory mother would stock were a handful of classic read-aloud books.

Miss Taylor, to the very young Sarah, looked to be at least ninety years old, but, when mother read aloud from the classic book, David Copperfield, every wrinkle seemed to disappear from Miss Taylor’s face and the room became magically lit and transformed.

As mother’s soothing voice slowly read over Mr. Copperfield’s  words, a smile beamed across the almost blind Miss Taylor’s aged face:

“My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.”

This smile appeared every time Miss Taylor heard those words and young Sarah, unknowingly, kept every smile locked in her heart.

Sarah found peace from the happiness that radiated from Miss Taylor’s being; and Sarah’s mother knew her daughter was receiving the secret foundation to eternal beauty and the key to success for her specialty shop.

Nothing any store-bought makeup would match so perfectly.

This foundation went beyond skin deep and covered any imperfections Sarah’s physical body would endure with aging.

Both Sarah’s mom and Miss Taylor have long left this world and the specialty shop operates with boundless energy and life. The Dragonfly Nursing Home residents are kept captivated, not so much with Sarah’s fading outer beauty, but with the golden glimmer of her radiant inner essence.

The funny thing is, when Sarah tries to read aloud from more recent novels, David Copperfield is still a favorite read-aloud story among her clients.

Go figure.

In honor of her mother’s birthday and every Mother’s Day, Sarah lovingly places a golden-yellow rose flower on top her mother’s grave.

If you listen closely, you may catch her whispering, “thank you, Mama, for wisely opening the specialty shop within me so long ago, and teaching me that the path to true happiness and true beauty comes by giving away the simple gifts in life.

Miss Taylor’s memories are living happily over at the Dragonfly Nursing Home.

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age. ~Victor Hugo

Blessings to all mothers everywhere who teach their children valuable life lessons on the spirit of devoted giving and doing well with all their hearts.

Happy Mother’s Day 2012 

16 thoughts on “a simple story for Mother’s Day: Sarah’s Specialty Shop

  1. Caddo Veil says:

    Very, very lovely, Sunshine–funny thing, how deceptive physical beauty can be, and yet some of us have chased after it. I, for one, am happy to be frumpy now!! God bless you, dear one–much love, sis Caddo


      • Caddo Veil says:

        Oh Sunshine, I can always count on you to affirm the “real me”! But if frumpy is the new look–and I don’t keep up with fashion, so I’m truly and happily clueless–that encourages me to think more folks are beginning to disdain the superficial, maybe?

        On a separate issue–I’m curious about where you are, that internet service is such a problem? Not being nosy–I’m just bummed that you have difficulties “getting here” with us, either financial or technical. I was going to suggest I give you my email address–but duh, that’s internet…I’m hopeless (but I give good cyber parties)! God bless you, dear heart!


      • Sunshine says:

        I would say, if you have to pick a location to move into, rural areas usually have less options in regards to internet service verses more populated city areas. This is when competition is always a good thing. Actually, it’s good to be limited in some ways because, for one, I really appreciate whenever I can do something and two, it helps me get back to real life more than if I had good internet service. *laughing*
        You Caddo, have a awesome week and yes, your cyber parties ROCK! 🙂


    • Sunshine says:

      The thoughts that live around here come and go and I never know what may develop from day to day Marilyn. This story decided to stay a few days . . . what can I say??
      Writing is so much fun, huh? See ya! and thanks too!!


  2. munchow says:

    It’s a lovely read full of so much wisdom. I for one have always thought beauty comes from within, and not from appearance or the façade. No fancy make-up or clothing can make up for lack of inner beauty – and those with inner beauty don’t need any fancy on the outside. Sarah’s mother had the inner beauty that she transcend to Sarah.


  3. island traveler says:

    Sarah has a model of a mom. She taught her real “life” lessons that molded her to be a beautiful person from the inside and not from the superficial exterior that a lot of young people seems to be busy
    nowadays. Her mother gave her the best gift, the gift of having compassion for others. Happy mother’s day to all.


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