A mother wistfully handed her son a beautifully wrapped package on his 18th birthday. Carefully, he removed the paper and lifted the box cover. Finally, he parted the soft inner-wrapping, revealing the contents: two long strips of percale material which the young man recognized immediately as his mother’s apron springs. It was the most beautiful gift that boy’s mother could have given him on his 18th birthday. In that act of self-giving, the wise mother revealed herself, opening up her life to her son in a genuine expression of love.

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