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The cost of real love is: No Charge – Melba Montgomery

 

 

(Diệu Kim sưu tầm và giới thiệu)

 

NO CHARGE
Melba Montgomery

 

Mother and son - Painting: Nguyễn Thị Hợp

Mother and son – Painting: Nguyễn Thị Hợp

 

My little boy came into the kitchen this evening
While I was fixing supper
And he handed me a piece of paper he’d been writing on
And after wiping my hands on my apron
I read it and this is what it said

For mowing the yard, five dollars
And for making my own bed this week, one dollar
And for going to the store, fifty cents
And playing with little brother
While you went shopping, twenty-five cents

Taking out the trash, one dollar
Getting a good report card, five dollars
And for raking the yard, two dollars
Total owed, fourteen seventy-five

Well, I looked at him standing there expectantly
And a thousand memories flashed through my mind
So I picked up the pen, turning the paper over
This is what I wrote

For nine months, I carried you
Growing inside me, no charge
For the nights I’ve sat up with you
Doctored you, prayed for you, no charge

For the time and the tears
And the cost through the years, there’s no charge
When you add it all up
The full cost of my love is no charge

For the nights filled with dread
And the worries ahead, no charge
For advice and the knowledge
And the cost of your college, no charge

For the toys, food and clothes
And for wipin’ your nose, there’s no charge, son
When you add it all up
The full cost of my love, is no charge

Well, when he finished reading
He had great big old tears in his eyes
And he looked up at me and he said
“Mama, I sure do love you”

Then he took the pen
And in great big letters he wrote ‘Paid in full’
When you add it all up
The cost of real love is no charge

 

 

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