Never Give Up

hospitalBy Summit Abrams

Miriam’s father held her face softly and said, “No matter what happens, don’t give up. You will make it.”

Years later, no longer a child orphaned by the Holocaust, life’s struggles left her with a failed marriage and a late-term miscarriage, but she never gave up.

At 83, and about to see what might be on the other side, she waited to die alone in a hospital when a young man came to her bedside with a balloon that read: “Congratulations!”

“You made it, mom,” he said smiling.

She lit up. “My baby…” she said with her last breath.


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