A childless woman receives a letter at her best friend’s funeral and becomes the adoptive mom to her orphaned twins.
“Oh, Molly,” I stood over her grave and wept as the earth covered her body like heavy rain. “Why didn’t you tell me?” A lawyer had sent me a brief e-mail informing me of the death of my best friend.
He told me that Molly had been fighting cancer for six years and now she was gone. Why hadn´t she reached out to me? We were close sisters before Molly began to leave after my marriage.
I thought she could have called. I should have called her. Source: Unsplash I walked away from Molly’s grave with a heavy heart and a feeling that I’d failed my friend. What I didn’t know then was that Molly had been living with many secrets, for many years…
Alice and Molly were best friends in college. | Source: Unsplash
I walked away from Molly’s grave with a heavy heart and a feeling that I’d failed my friend. Yes, Molly had withdrawn, but I let her go. My new life had taken me so completely that I was unable to focus on my husband.
Sometimes, life will surprise us with the things that we are most passionate about.
I should have worked harder to keep that precious bond. I was left with Molly alone facing death, knowing it was imminent. I was all alone.
My shoulder was touched by a hand. “Mrs. Harding?” a man’s voice asked. “Alice Harding?”
“Yes,” I replied and turned around, wiping away my tears. “I’m Alice Harding.”
“Mrs. Harding, I’m Ms. Margaret Jardin’s lawyer,” The man replied. “She left this for you. My contact is in the envelope. As you can imagine, there is some urgency about your decision…”
Alice and Gregory were instantly in love.Source: Unsplash. I frowned. | Source: Unsplash
I frowned. “My decision?” I asked him and he handed me a brown envelope. He then walked away. I returned to my hotel room, and opened Molly’s envelope.
I received a formal-looking document and a letter in Molly’s elegant hands. I opened the letter and began to read it.
“My dearest Alice, you don’t know how many times I’ve thought about reaching out to you over the last ten years. I’ve missed you more than you can imagine.
“Now that I know my life is counted in weeks, I’m writing to you, hoping you will be there for me. Alice, I know I made mistakes. I ask for your forgiveness and the willingness to be there for my children.
“Yes, I have children. A beautiful little girl and a little boy — twins. Brian and Bethany are nine. They are my heart and the idea of them being left with strangers horrifies me.
“What I have to ask you is no easy thing. Alice, please take my children and show me your love. The envelope contains the private adoption papers. They have been properly signed and notarized.
Alice asked Gregory to divorce her. Source: Unsplash I gasped and the letter fluttered from my fingers to lie discarded on the floor. | Source: Unsplash
“You just have to sign and give them back to Mr. Costas. But before you do, you need to know who Brian and Bethany’s dad is. It’s Gregory, Alice…”
I gasped and the letter fluttered from my fingers to lie discarded on the floor. Gregory? MY Gregory? No! I was irritated. Gregory wasn’t my Gregory, and hadn’t been since last year.
Gregory and I have struggled for eight years to conceive. The doctor finally gave the final blow. I would never conceive. Gregory declined to adopt.
“I want a child of my blood,” He’d screamed angrily. “Not some stranger’s!” We grew bitter and silent, until finally I asked for a separation.
“I want you to be happy,” I told him. “I want you to be free to become a father, to build the family you deserve.”
Gregory wept. I had never seen him sobbing before. “I wanted that family with you, Alice,” He cried. “With YOU!” He didn’t want to fight the divorce even though he did cry that night.
Alice attended Molly’s funeral.Source: Pexels. He walked away. | Source: Pexels
He walked away from us. Sometimes, when I feel bad, I picture him with an attractive young girl with a swelling belly and a glowing skin. The tears make my skin burn like acid and I cry.
Gregory was my only child. Molly, however, had. Gregory and Molly had cheated with me. I took the letter back and began to read it again.
“That summer you went to Europe, I met Gregory and I fell in love with him. It was the craziest, most wonderful summer of my life, and then you came back.
“Remember that night when we went to the football bonfire and I introduced you to Gregory? It was almost like he was in love with me that night.
“That night, we went back to his dorm and he made love to me for the last time. He told me he was ending it. He liked me, he’d thought it was the real thing, but then he saw you.
“He never meant to hurt or deceive me, Alice, I know that. Anybody who saw you two together knew that you were special. So I took a step back. I didn’t tell you that we were lovers.
Molly wrote a note inside the envelope. Source: Unsplash Zf” style= >”So I told you my mother was ill, that I had to drop out and go home. | Source: Unsplash
“Gregory didn’t either. It was as if we’d come to a silent agreement. But two months later, you two married and I realized I was pregnant. I couldn’t tell him, I couldn’t do that to you.
“So I told you my mother was ill, that I had to drop out and go home. Unfortunately, my lies turned out to be true. My mother died just two months after the birth of my children.
“Now it’s my turn to leave, but I want my children to be with you. This is not a burden one woman can lay on another. You have to want it, you have to want them.
“Please, Alice, even if you choose not to adopt the children, look in on them once in a while, for the sake of our friendship.”
I put down the letter and phoned the lawyer. An hour later, I was sitting with two heartbroken children. “You are Auntie Alice!” Bethany stated.
“Yes,” I smiled. “How do you know?”
Molly never told Gregory that she was pregnant. | Source: Unsplash
“Mom’s been telling us Auntie Alice stories since we were babies,” Brian said. “Of course, we know you.”
“Your mother asked me to take care of you,” I explained. “But I live in another state. It’s a pretty town, and I think you’ll like it…”
I started telling the children about my hometown, and they seemed to come out of their fog of grief a little. The lawyer took charge of the paperwork, and I booked us three flights home.
Two weeks later, after the children had settled into their new home and school, I called Gregory. “Molly died,” I said. “And I’ve adopted her children, twins. I believe you are entitled to know that Bethany, Brian, and Bethany are also your children.”
A choking sound on the other end told me how Gregory was taking the news. “MY children…But…How?”
Alice adopted Molly’s children. | Source: Unsplash
“They are nine years old, Greg,” I said sharply. “Do the math!”
“Alice,” Gregory said. “I never knew, and I never cheated on you.”
“I know,” I said softly. “I just thought you’d want to be part of your children’s lives.”
Gregory started visiting my house regularly and eventually, we told the children he was their father. A year later, he proposed to me again.
“All I ever wanted was for you to be the mother of my children,” he said. “And now you are.”
I said yes.
Alice and Gregory remarried. | Source: Unsplash
What can we learn from this story?
- Life will sometimes bring us what we most desire in unexpected ways. Gregory loved Alice, but he longed for the children she could never give him until she adopted Molly’s twins.
- A friend will be there for you no matter what. Despite their estrangement, Alice loved Molly and took care of her children as if they were her own.
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