They were in the gem store. Rebecca, his mother-in-law was acting like a kid in the candy store – keenly checking out the gems and the beautiful rings. She picked up a ruby ring, put it on. It slipped into her chubby finger as if it had been especially made for her. She checked the price tag… 160$ it said. The sudden look of disappointment spread across her face. She had been heavily in debt already and there were still ten days left for her next pay check.
She put back the ring and searched for something rather affordable but her eyes were still fixed on that glistening ruby ring. Her son-in-law was standing in the other corner of the store – holding her walking stick and examining a piece of meteorite enthusiastically.
“Is this real?” He asked since cosmology was his favorite subject.
“Yes, we’ve got that from South America.”
He felt the pourous, shiny stone with his fingertips. “Beautiful”, He murmured and flipped the price tag, it read 160 $.
He made calculations in his mind. He could afford it still he had second thoughts. “Should I or shouldn’t I?” His mind was engrossed in such thoughts when he chanced to see Rebecca. She was again trying that ring. He walked to her. “Did you like it?” He asked her.
“Yes, but I may not buy it.” She said in a broken tone.
He fell silent as he was aware of her problems. He glanced at her face that was a picture of happiness and despair. He lowered his gaze… those big, thick eyelashes quivered. He pictured his own mother who was so fond of jewelry and precious stones. How elated she was when he had bought her a “mom” pendant from his first pay. His first and last gift to his mother.
“Mother”, He wishpered like a gentle breeze. A subtle smile appeared on his lips. “Rebecca?” He said. “Do you want this ring?” “Yes, but…”
“I’ll buy that for you” he cut her in, “consider it a gift from me.”
“Really?” She said excitely.
He gently nodded enjoying her excitement. “All mothers are the same.” He thought and went to make the payment.