The season quickly approaches when we are bombarded with a plethora of holiday stories from Dickens’ Christmas Carol to Dr. Suess’ Grinch, reminding us to be kind and love one another. Each year at this time, I am reminded of a story that touched my heart above any other and continues to bring tears to my eyes every time I read it. It’s a story of unselfish love, sacrificial love, the kind of love we all would love to experience and the kind we all should emulate but few of us do in our world of ever increasing “me first.”
I refer, of course, to O. Henry’s classic short story, THE GIFT OF THE MAJI, a literary masterpiece of little more than 2,000 words, and one which greatly inspired my hero’s act of sacrificial love in FORTUNE’S SON.
Young married couple Della and Jim are very much in love despite the hardship of their hand to mouth existence. Although they can barely afford their shabby one-room apartment due to Jim's recent pay cut, each are determined to buy a Christmas gift for one another which requires a huge personal sacrifice under their strained circumstances. (Anything more will be a spoiler.)The story ends with the narrator comparing the pair's mutually sacrificial gifts of love with those of the Biblical Magi.
For those of you who never read this story, my holiday gift to you is a link to it: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/GifMag.shtml .
It is also available as a free Amazon download: http://www.amazon.com/Gift-Magi-ebook/dp/B000JQUT24/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1322747318&sr=1-1
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season blessed with family friends and hearts full of genuine love.