Rachel greeted the woman at the table and remembers her being “very pretty” and “probably in her mid-20s.”
“She seemed a bit shy, but she smiled as I greeted her.”
Rachel served her a drink, took her order, and made some small talk about how the woman’s baby was beautiful and seemed so peaceful as she slept in her baby seat.
As Rachel talked to the woman, she caught a quick glimpse of a red bracelet wrapped around the woman’s wrist with the distinctive word LIFE engraved on it.
“You have a LIFE Band, huh?” Rachel ventured.
The woman was at first confused about what Rachel was referring to, but then clued in.
“Yeah, I found this in a parking lot,” the woman replied.
The woman, noticing that Rachel was curious about the bracelet, mentioned that she had a peculiar story about the bracelet that she would not mind sharing. Rachel was all ears.
The woman recounted that a few months previous she was dismayed to find herself unexpectedly pregnant. She had gone out shopping to distract herself because she had just scheduled an appointment to get an abortion and was terrified about it. The appointment was two days away.
As the woman walked from her car into Walmart, a red bracelet lying on the ground caught her eye. She picked it up and saw that it had the word LIFE on it. She quickly stowed the bracelet in her purse and continued with her shopping.
That night the woman sat in her room crying, filled with an awful dread about what she was about to do. She was worried about what her parents would think and felt the need to “get rid of the problem.” As well, her boyfriend had abandoned her, making abortion seem like the only choice that was left.
At this point in the woman’s story, Rachel could not hold back her tears any longer. She completely forgot that she was supposed to be working and that she had other tables to serve.
The woman recounted how at this bleakest of moments, she suddenly remembered the bracelet in her purse. She pulled it out and held it in her fingers until she drifted off into a troubled sleep.
At one point she suddenly awoke in the middle of the night with the word “LIFE” surging through her mind and heart.
In the morning, the woman canceled her abortion appointment.
“I was stunned,” Rachel remembers about hearing this incredible story. “All I could do was cry. This beautiful baby girl that was sitting in the carrier was her almost aborted baby. I just couldn’t stop crying.”
Through sobs and sniffles, Rachel told the woman how she had lost a LIFE Band in the very same parking lot, not many months ago.
“I told her the meaning behind the band and what the word LIFE on the band actually meant.”
Now both women were crying, with tears of joy and gratitude streaming down their faces.
Through her sobs, the woman managed to whisper to Rachel: “Thank you. If you hadn’t lost this bracelet, I wouldn’t have my beautiful baby next to me.”