Everyone at a birthday party mocked a poorly dressed girl and her mother until the ruckus caught the attention of a wealthy man.
Madison Lando brought her daughter Trudy up all by herself. The 33-year-old woman had been married to a miner named Joe Lando until he died in a mysterious mining accident along with some other miners.
She had loved the stubborn man for most of her adult life, having been in love with him since they were in high school. Their daughter, Trudy, was born before they got married, but they quickly got married to prevent problems with their conventional parents.
Madison had never liked her husband’s mining job, which he picked up after losing his job as an archaeologist. Mining was simply too dangerous, and she had argued about it with him often, but the pay had been better than nothing, which is what he always ended the argument with.
When he passed away, Madison was mad at him for a long time. “I warned you to stop doing it,” she would say whenever she thought about him, which was often.
The accident happened ten years before, and their daughter, who had been eight, had to grow up getting used to life without a father. But even after all those years, Madison remained single, focusing on surviving with her child.
It was not easy for them, especially after the little money her husband had kept away for emergencies ran out. It was difficult to earn enough just to eat, but Madison somehow managed to keep herself and her daughter afloat.
It was how they lived until one day, fate changed their lives. It was just after Trudy graduated from high school. A very wealthy classmate of hers had invited the whole graduating class to her birthday party. Her butler made the announcement during the graduation ceremony.
“Miss Bella La Fontaine will be holding a custom birthday party to celebrate a new year for herself as well as the success of graduating.”
“You are all cordially invited to this event but there is a condition,” he added after the cheers died down. “All dresses to be allowed must be bought at the Fontaine clothing store, and of course, there will be discounts.”
When Madison got home that day, she told her mother about the party. “Mom, everyone, including my crush, Ian, will be there. I have to go!” the girl said, excited.
“The same Ian who picked Suzie over you at the prom?” her mom asked. The mother-daughter duo had practically grown up together, and they had a very tight relationship, so Trudy often told her everything.
“That’s not important right now Mom. We need to get to the store to pick my dress,” Trudy said.
“Yes, yes, let’s go,” her mom said with feigned excitement.
She did not really have a lot of money aside from the $100 tip she had received at the restaurant where she worked mornings. “It will be just fine,” she told herself as she followed her daughter.
However, as soon as she set eyes on the price tag attached to the clothes, Madison knew that the money she held was never going to be enough. Each dress cost nothing less than five times what she had.
Trudy also noticed this, and they quietly left the store while those who could afford the dresses bought them. Madison was unhappy with what was happening, so she went down to a fabric store, picked out a similar fabric as the dress in Fontaine, and took it home to sew.
“Just you wait baby, you’ll have a dress soon,” she said.
It took her all night to sew the dress, but the end product was perfect. “Thank you mom, I love it,” Trudy said, genuinely pleased with all the work her mother put in. “I can’t wait to show it off.”
However, as she and her mother walked into the party, they caught the attention of many of the rich kids and their parents, who started to laugh at Trudy’s attire.
Trudy, who had always been soft-hearted, burst into tears and ran out of the building. The girl ran with her eyes blurred by tears and without care for her life until she ran smack dab into the side of a white limousine that had rolled up at the entrance of the building.
As she stood there dazed, the driver disembarked and started screaming obscenities at her, but he quieted after the occupant in the back seat stepped out.
It was a handsome man who looked to be in his 40s. He was expensively dressed, and his gaze, very much like hers, scanned the girl for injuries before he spoke.
“You should be more careful little girl,” he said in a voice that for some reason sounded familiar to her — then she heard her mom speak behind her.
“Joe?” she said. At the mention of the name, the man perked up and looked at the woman with his mouth agape. “Is it really you?” Madison asked as she moved closer.
“Maddy?” he asked with a confused look on his face when he turned to Trudy and called her name as well.
Suddenly, the three people were indistinguishable from one another as they hugged each other tightly. This was her husband, whom she believed had died five years before.
“Finally, I found you!” he said.
“What happened? Where have you been?” his wife said in between hugs.
“Let’s head inside, I’m here to offer gifts to the daughter of a business associate,” he said. “We can catch up then.”
“We can’t go back in there Joe, not after what happened,” Madison said.
After learning what had happened, he went with his family to the party hall, but this time as the moms laughed at them again, Joe rose to their defense.
“Our daughter may not have such expensive outfits as your children, but she has been taught how to be a good person. It is people with poor souls like you who can hardly be helped.”
Nobody could think of an answer. And those who could were too afraid to cross a rich man like Joe. He returned home with Madison and his child, where they caught up.
It turned out that on the day of the mining accident, Joe had been wearing his friend’s jacket. He had not escaped unscathed, as a huge rock had knocked him unconscious during the accident.
When he woke up, he did not remember anything and had been identified by documents that belonged to his friend who had no family or close friends, so no one came to visit him at the hospital.
His memory did not return immediately, and by the time it did, Madison and Trudy had already moved. “We had to,” she sobbed. “We lost the house to the bank.”
Joe began to look for them, and while he did, he opened his own mining business, worked hard, and became a millionaire.
And now, after reuniting with his family, Joe intended to make up for lost time. He moved Trudy and her mother to his luxury condo, where he hoped to live with them happily.
What did we gain from this story?
- Never make fun of the less privileged. It was wrong for the rich people to mock Trudy and her mom for not having as much as they did, but luckily, Joe arrived just in time to put them in their place.
- Never give up. Madison lost her husband and had to cater to her child with the little means she had. It was difficult, but the woman stayed strong, doing all she could up until when her husband returned, ending all her suffering. That would have been difficult for him to do had she given up before his arrival.
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