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A short story about a little boy's love and unwavering faith

Updated on August 11, 2013
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I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

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Timmy was a little four year old boy who was anxiously awaiting the birth of a little baby sister.

One day, just out of the blue, he asked mama if he could sing a song to the baby. Mama looked surprised but thought it was a sweet gesture. She told him, " come sit by me and sing. " She sat down in a comfortable lounge chair. Timmy sat down beside her, laid his head on her big belly and sang ' Twinkle twinkle little star. ' Each day he asked the same question and sang the same song until mama went to the hospital to deliver their baby girl.

When the baby arrived it was evident she was in respiratory distress, her color was cyanotic ( blue ) oxygen was administered immediately. On further examination, the doctor detected a serious heart defect, plus a heart murmur. He tentatively explained how serious her condition was, and held little hope for survival.

Mama knew that she had to prepare Timmy for the inevitable.

Timmy quickly asked, " Can i go to the hospital and sing my happy song to her, i know i can make her well? " Mama knew she would not be allowed to take Timmy into the neonatal unit but, a look of determination covered her face. The nurse was saying, " You can not take that child in there. " as they rushed past her and saw the baby who was still struggling. The heart monitor was displaying acute tachycardia, ( Rapid heartbeat. ) Timmy slowly went to the incubator, climbed up on a stool, opened the top, placed his head close to her chest and began singing his happy song. Soon her heart rate slowed and the monitor displayed a normal rhythm. Previously the nurse had notified the doctor. When he arrived he had a look of amazement on his face. He re-examined the baby and concluded that she was no longer in respiratory distress and her heart defect could be repaired with surgery.

Mom, Dad and little Timmy waited patiently in a room close to the operating room. Mom and dad were quietly praying, Timmy sat with his head bowed, softly singing his happy twinkle song, After seven hours the Doctor emerged and happily announced the surgery was successful.



Tears of joy filled the room. Timmy ran to his mother and said, " Oh mama i can sing to my baby sister everyday now, just like i did before she got sick. " Mama wrapped her arms around him and said, " Yes my sweet boy. You can sing your happy song as much as you want. She listens to you and loves you and your song. It was like a miracle that this family will never forget. "

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      Gina 3 years ago from South Carolina

      I love this. What a special brother and special story.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sorry I'm late but I had yardwork to do and I wanted to give you the attention you deserved.

      Lovely story, Ruby! I had a smile on my face throughout the whole story, and for that smile I thank you.

      bill

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello ugagirl, Nice to meet you. Happy you enjoyed my story. Thank you for thinking it was a special story...

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      Rosemary Sadler 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A beautiful story Ruby. It is amazing what miracles love and faith achieve.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill, Glad it make you smile. I fully understand about yardwork, i pulled weeds out of my flower bed this morning. Thank you for a lovely comment...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rosemary, So good to see you. I agree. Thank you for coming by...

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Rules were made to be broken and miracles happen when we believe in the power of faith and love.

      Thanks for reminding us in this sweet story, Ruby.

      Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar, i must admit that i broke a few rules when i was a nurse and i was never sorry. As you know the hospital can be cold to the needs of suffering families because of rules. Thank you my dear friend for thinking this was a sweet story. I loved writing it...Hugs and love..

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Delightful tale. Who could not love this. thank you

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      SilentReed 3 years ago from Philippines

      Studies have shown that an unborn child not only can hear music while in the womb, they also recognize and remember the song after they're born. Which makes this short story very possible. Even when adults, twinkle twinkle litter star can still evoke fond childhood memories in us. This story is particularly touching as I am reminded of the closeness of two of my grand kids when they were much younger, Joshua with his baby sister Jacky playfully piggyback as they arrive home from school.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martin, I am happy you thought my story was a delightful tale. Thank you.....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Silent Reed, I read that a little boy liked to read to his unborn sister and that's how i got the idea for this story. Happy it brought back memories of your grand kids. Thank you..

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What a wonderful story. Love can create miracles.

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      Hummingbird5356 3 years ago

      Thank you for this story. It is a story of love and love can cure sickness. This is not just a story, recovery from illness is accelerated if the patient feels happy and loved. That is why hospitals now allow parents to stay with children, in the past, parents could only see them during visiting times and it can be very frightening for children to be in a strange place when they are so young and also ill.

      Thank you again.

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      Beautiful story! Going to tell this one to my granddaughters. Thanks, Ruby. You actually pulled my tears :)

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Oh Ruby, I do so love this story. I believe music and the person who sings the love can work miracles. Truly. Up and beautiful and awesome, and +++. Hugs. :-)

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      mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby. Your story is filled with precious love and sweet tenderness. This is an amazing presentation that shows what hope and faith sometimes bring. Now to go vote Up and Beautiful.

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      W1totalk 3 years ago

      Sweet. Epic. Solid. Great story.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I loved this. It show not only love, but also childlike faith.

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      I loved this story also. It is so sweet and I love the rules being broken so the boy could sing the song. Awesome!

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Ah, the sweet innocence of little children. You described that so well, Ruby, in this sweet, charming little story. Thank you for this lovely treat, m'dear.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Gals, Happy you enjoyed and i agree, miracles do happen if you believe..Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Hummingbird, I think hospitals finally realized the need for family. I worked at one facility where they allowed pets, this was a nursing home. Thank you so much for your input for this hub...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martie, I'm thrilled that you are going to share with your grandchildren, sorry for the tear, you are a dear for telling me.

      Hugs my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna, I know music can lift me when i'm down and i do believe in miricles. Thank you my friend.

      Hugs..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike, Your comment is so refreshing. I'm thrilled you liked this piece. Thank you my dear friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Witotalk, Nice to meet you. Thank you for commenting..Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello WannaB writer, Glad you enjoyed. Faith is a beautiful thing. Thank you....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Pam, Sometimes a rule needs to be broken. Thank you for your awesome comment....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello drbj, Thank you for thinking this was a treat, i'm so glad you enjoyed. I got an email from Epi and he mentioned you. He has left HP. You can follow him on Bubblew. com Cheers my friend..

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Ruby, this was a joy! Your a great writer! Voted this up, awesome, beautiful, interesting, and shared on Facebook and Twitter. Incredible story, very sweet. I don't know how much you enjoy writing short stories, but you're great at it! Your great at poetry as well. I would like to read more stories if you have it in you. This was great AE, well done my talented friend. Such a sweet ending, bravo! Best wishes always Ruby.

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      epigramman 3 years ago

      No one does it like you my dear Ruby and guess what I am about to do right now .....put on a vinyl record of George and Tammy's greatest hits and I wish you were with me right now listening to this glorious righteous music. And in the way you write Ruby I am quite sure that angels are earthbound too and were born into this life to look after the rest of us - god bless you my friend - for there will never be another one like you my dear.

      love from Colin and the furried kids

      10:31pm

      p.s. - posting on FB with a link and letting them see that angels do exist at Hubpages

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      Radhika Sreekanth 3 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Really, music has got wonderful therapeutic values proved recently. Your story is very beautiful with Timmy, the lovely boy. Voted up, beautiful and interesting.

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      Mary Strain 3 years ago from The Shire

      This is a beautiful story, Ruby, and I believe things like this happen far more often than we know. We all need doctors, but sometimes people get healed without them, because God listens to people like Timmy.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Very beautiful story and of course, I adored the ending. Thank you for this uplifting tale!

      ~Liz

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ricky, I am pleased. Your comment is very uplifting and makes me want to write more stories. I get stuck on poetry and forget to write in another genre. Thank you my faithful friend....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh Epi you bring happiness to my page each time you visit. I love you too dear friend. Thank you for sharing on FB. George and Tammy, God rest their souls. I'm there listening in spirit....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Radhikasree, it's a proven fact that music calms, i know it does for me. Thank you for coming to read.....

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      epigramman 3 years ago

      I just sent you a nice Elvis sings the gospel link from You tube, Ruby.

      11:43pm lake erie time

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mollymeadows, I believe in healing, many times doctors are baffled when healing takes place. Thank you dear friend...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Liz, You are welcome, so happy you thought it was uplifting. Thank you.....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Epi, I love Elvis and i'm on my way to listen to the video. Thank you again my dear friend...

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      Girish puri 3 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      I am so happy with this happy ending. God bless you.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello girishpuri, Thank you for leaving a kind comment. God bless you...

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      What a beautiful story ruby, and really leaves a smile on my face. The power of sibling love, wonderful!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Nell, So happy you enjoyed. Thank you dear friend.

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      dreamseeker2 3 years ago

      Awww, what a sweet story, always! Had to be voted uup! : )

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      Erin LeFey 3 years ago from Maryland

      Ruby,

      what a beautiful story! Love can work miracles.

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      K.A.E Grove 3 years ago from Australia

      maybe I'm not as tough as I pretend to be, one read of this and I had tears filling my eyes and a lump in my throat.A beautiful story of love and miracles. wonderful my dear

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello dreemseeker, happy you thought it was sweet. Thank you for the vote up...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Erin, I am always so happy when i see your smiling face on my page, and yes, i do believe love can work miracles. Thank you Sister..Love Ya...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello nighthag. I always knew you were a softie at heart, just like me. Ha..Thank you for the wonderful comment...

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      AE, you certainly do have a talent for writing. I was trying to find an article that I hadn't read already when I noticed this story. Very emotional and beautiful. Best wishes Ruby, keep them stories coming.

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      acaetnna 3 years ago from Guildford

      This was totally beautiful, love most definitely will find a way. Awesome work Always Exploring, I loved reading it.

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      I just love reading your hubs. Beautifully written hub.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ricky, I am so sorry i missed your comment until now. Thank you for a revisit..Smiling

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello acaetnna, I missed your comment, so sorry. Happy you enjoyed..Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Susan, Thank you so much for a wonderful comment...

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Beautiful Ruby and another of yours for me to vote up and share. Here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

      Eddy.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Oh Ruby, this filled my eyes with tears, when Timmy sang his song it was a song of prayer and believe I know that prayer works.

      This is beautiful.

      Voted up, UABI and shared

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      Mothers of Nations 2 years ago

      This is such a beautiful article. I believe this story through and through. When I was pregnant with each of my little ones, I sung a song that I dedicated to them (and I still sing it.) When they were born and became fussy, I'd sing the same song and watch them calm down almost instantly.

      Babies remember. His voice was obviously a voice she loved, the song was like love for her, and I agree with Shyron E Shenko that his song was a prayer. God bless the baby girl, her awesome big brother and thier loving parents for being a faith-filled family.

      And God bless you too, AlwaysExploring...

      Voted up and shared!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello mothersofnations. I must say that i loved writing this story. It is fiction, but just like you, loved the idea of a child singing to his unborn sibling. A happy family indeed, so glad you enjoyed.

      God bless you my friend..

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