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One Eye

One Eye is a sad story about a boy who is embarrassed by his mother.

One Eye

My mother only had one eye. All my life, I hated her because she was such an embarrassment to me.

My mom ran a small shop at a flea market. She collected little weeds and such to sell. Anything for the money we needed. She cooked for students and teachers to support the family, she was such an embarrassment.

There was one day, during elementary school, when my mom came to say hello to me. I was so embarrassed. How could she do this to me?! I ignored her, threw her a hateful look and ran out.

The next day at school one of my classmates said, “EEEEWW, your mom only has one eye!”

I wanted to bury myself. I also wanted my mom to just disappear.

So I confronted her that day and said, ” If you’re only gonna make me a laughing stock, why don’t you just die?”

My mother remained silent. I didn’t even stop to think for a second about what I had said, because I was so full of anger. I was oblivious to her feelings. I wanted out of her house.

I guess I felt a little bad, but at the same time, it felt good to think that I had said what I’d wanted to say all this time. Maybe it was because my mom hadn’t punished me, but I didn’t think that I had hurt her feelings very badly.

That night, I woke up and went to the kitchen to get a glass of water. My mom was sitting there at the kitchen table, crying quietly, as if she was afraid that she might wake me.

I took a look at her, and then turned away. Because of the thing I had said to her earlier, there was something pinching at me in the corner of my heart. Even so, I hated my mother who was crying out of her one eye. So I told myself that I would grow up and become successful, because I hated my one-eyed mom and our desperate poverty.

Then, I studied really hard. I left my mother and went to Seoul and studied, and got accepted in the Seoul University with all the confidence I had. Then, I got married. I bought a house of my own. Then I had kids, too. Now I’m living happily as a successful man. I like it here because it’s a place that doesn’t remind me of my mom.

This happiness was getting bigger and bigger, when someone unexpectedly came to see me.

“What?! Who’s this?” I said, as i opened the front door.

It was my mother. Still with her one eye. It felt as if the whole sky was falling down on me. My little daughter took one look at my mother and ran away crying. She was scared of my mom’s eye.

I turned to my mom and asked her, “Who are you? I don’t know you!!!”

I really wished that was true.

“How dare you come to my house and scare my daughter?” I screamed at her, “Get out of here now!”

My mother quietly answered, “Oh, I’m so sorry. I must have the wrong address.”

She turned and walked away. i watched as she slowly made her way down the street and disappeared around the corner.

Thank goodness, I said to myself. She didn’t recognize me. I was quite relieved. I told myself that I wasn’t going to care or think about this for the rest of my life.

One day, many years later, I received a letter in the mail. It was informing me that my class was having a school reunion. I wanted to see all my old friends from school so I decided to attend. After the reunion finished, I decided to pay a visit to the house where I had grown up, just out of curiosity.

When I got there, the house was empty and falling to ruin. The neighbors said that my mother had died a few years before. I did not shed a single tear.

Then, they handed me a sealed envelope. They said that my mother had wanted me to have it. I opened it and read the note inside.

“My son, I think my life has been long enough now. I won’t try to visit you in Seoul anymore, but would it be too much to ask if I wanted you to come visit me once in a while? I was so glad to see your face once again. I miss you so much. You mean the world to me. I have always been so proud of you, my son.

I am sorry that I only have one eye, and that I was such an embarrassment to you all your life. You see, when you were very little, you got into an accident and lost your eye. As a mother, I couldn’t stand to watch you grow up with only one eye, so I gave you mine. I never regretted my decision. How could I? When you love someone, their happiness is far more important than your own…”

There was more in the letter, but I couldn’t continue reading. The slip of paper fell from my shaking hands and I collapsed to my knees, sobbing like a little boy.

116 Comments

  • Soo medical facts..actually you guys have to know you can’t transplant the whole eye as eye is quite a complex organ. The only thing can be taken is the cornea..but if after the surgery the eye catches infection of course you have to remove the eye. This story is the best sad story I’ve read so far in my life..and I know that my mom or any other mom would do the same.

  • Okay can I just say something? There is no such thing as an “eye transplant” don’t believe me? Look it up. It’s not real and this story is kinda offensive tbh.

  • Out of this whole section, this was the only story that really made me sad and I actually started crying. Once I read this I went and hugged my mother and told her I loved her. That boy is a nasty bastard, he should have had one eye his whole life because he deserved that and his sweet and kind mother didn’t. But one thing I don’t get is why the mother never told him before. Maybe if she had told him that she gave her eye to him he would have given her the love she deserved and they would have been very close.

  • I read this story somewhere before… It’s really emotional and a good story too BUT (You didn’t see the “BUT” coming, did ya? Haha!) this is a website for scary stories! Even if there is some emotional stuff in a story it MUST be scary!
    Don’t you guys agree with me?

  • This is by far the most emotional story I’ve ever read in the whole of my 15 years of life… How could that stupid kid be so rude to his mother… only because of her being one-eyed????😡😡😡😡 This is d most dumb reason for anyone to hate anybody without knowing the reason behind their condition… If I were in his place, I would have loved my mother unconditionally and wouldn’t have let her a slightest reason to cry… I feel so sorry for such a sacrificing mother and d son was the luckiest person in d world who got such a mother… I love my mother really very much…😊

  • this is really sad, how can be someone so rude that ahhh i cant express my feelings, so angry on the boy and so much sad for the great mother…
    but all mothers are great and they can do anything for their children without expecting anything in return….

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