A Rose for Iris

Iris was15,.beautiful, big blue eyes and freckles…she was good in school and
hung out with the respectable kids. One day Eric saw her. He was
19, handsome, rich and always got what he wanted and he wanted Iris. He
would pass by the high school every day and finally asked her out. She felt
honored. Here she was 15 years old and a handsome 19 year old was interested
in her. She decided to go out with him and had to lie to her parents about
her whereabouts that night. They went to a movie and then he parked at a
local Lovers’ Lane. It started with a kiss and ended with her feeling dirty and
violated. She never told anyone..she was no longer a virgin. Iris went on living
day to day and about two months later she realized she was pregnant. By the
time she was three months she was showing and told her parents. They
were angry and disappointed in her. They told her she would have to leave
their home because of the humiliation she would cause them and sent her
to live with her aunt. Her parents broke her spirit and broke their Iris into pieces Her Aunt Jeanne was sweet and understanding and told Iris she could live with her forever and if she wanted to keep the baby she would help her care for it. Iris loved this child more than life, but knew although she wanted to keep him..she could not..she could not care for him and what kind of a life would he have. People would make fun of him because of her mistake. Every time he moved and she
could feel him inside her, her heart screamed out to her telling her that she
was making a mistake. But Iris knew the truth. After he was born, he was given to an adoptive family who promised to love him forever. They thanked Iris for this
gift she had given them since they could never have children of their own. Iris
felt as if she handed them her soul..but knew it was the right choice for this
tiny little person that she loved so dearly.

Iris went back to school..then onto college..but everyday of her life she thought
of the child that was missing from her life..when she walked down the street
she looked in every carriage..as the years passed in every little boys’ face..
at every teenager..

Iris never married, her relationships were short-lived, she could make no
commitments, her heart ached for her child.

She was very successful, but would give up everything to just look into her

son’s face one time. Her heart was heavy..she longed to see him. She
did not look for him because she did not want to intrude into his life..but
she wondered what type of life he had..were his adoptive parents truly good

One day while sitting in her office a young man came in. She thought perhaps
he was looking for a job. She looked at how handsome he was .. his big
blue eyes and freckles..he was about 21 years old..he asked her if she was
Iris Murphy..she wanted to know what she could do for him.

He handed her one single rose and told her “This is A Rose for Iris” . At that
moment she realized that this vision before her was her son, the child she
longed to hold in her arms. She started to cry and he told her not to cry..that
his adoptive parents helped him find her. He wanted to tell her how much
she meant to him and although she gave him up at birth he knew that she loved
him since his parents told him of their encounter with her.

Iris was no longer that broken flower … she was complete … her son stood
in front of her with his arms extended wanting a hug from his mother who
had longed for this for 21 years.

He told Iris he had been named Kyle and they became mother and son
and every time he saw her after that day he would have one single rose
and tell her “This is A Rose for Iris”.

A Rose for Iris

Sally Omar

Joined January 2008

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