July 11, 2012 —
The boy grew into manhood and became a successful businessman. He eventually learned the details of how the woman next door had literally saved his life.
She lived a few miles away and he began visiting her to express his thanks and to make sure she never lacked for anything.
He had a stepmother but this other woman was important to him in a different way. He couldn’t easily explain the connection he felt with her.
Those regular visits lasted the rest of her life, the result of an unbreakable bond sealed with motherly love and gratitude.