Orphan Girl Shows Rich Man a Drawing of Her Granny, He’s Confused Seeing His Mother’s Image — Story of the Day

A rich man is stunned after he runs into an orphan girl who shows him a portrait of her granny. The image shows his mother. He is puzzled why the girl called her granny.

Derek Fisher had a hard childhood. As a child, he saw his mother Rita as a seamstress. They had to survive on the very little money they had. Rita took the hard decision to put her son in an orphanage that was run by Catholics in the town. They couldn’t make ends meet.

Derek realized that he had to do something about poverty and hunger, and to help his family out of financial ruin. At a young age, he began to work odd jobs to help pay his tuition. He then enrolled at a local college and studied business.

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Derek’s hardwork paid off years later when his business was established. He put his best effort and built a successful firm. Derek did not forget the sacrifices Rita made for him and cared for her in her later years as she did in his childhood.

Derek made a decision to visit his mother in the orphanage he had been raised as a teenager. Because he was always so busy with his business, Derek would often send gifts to the children via the postal service. But this time, he chose to personally go.

“She had promised she would meet me soon, but she never came. I want to go back to Gran! I miss her….”

Derek smiled and recalled how he used to stand on the Sunshine Care Home’s doorstep once with nothing but a few pennies Rita had given.

He had to apologize, she said. “I am sorry, honey. Your mother cannot look after you, but she wishes you a happy life. I hope you forgive your mother for this!”

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Derek was twelve years old when he left home.

Sister Julie, an orphanage caretaker greeted Derek as he entered the old, crumbling building. “Oh, Derek! It’s you! Look at you, handsome man! We never thought we’d see you in person any time soon.”

“How have you been, Sister Julie?” Derek asked, hugging her. “I’ve brought some toys and books for the kids, and I thought I’d meet them in person today.”

“That’s wonderful, darling! I will ask Sister Natasha to collect all the students in one room. We can—”

“Oh, that won’t be necessary. I don’t want to trouble the kids; I’ll just take a tour around the place.”

“As you wish. This way….”

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Derek and Sister Julie toured the orphanage, noting that much had changed. He made a mental note of getting the old building fixed up soon to make it more comfortable for the children.

Derek toured the rooms and then made his way to play area. A little girl, probably no older than 6, ran up to him. “Oh! Dad! It’s you!” She wept and hugged Derek’s waist with her tiny arms.

Derek got a awkward glance from Sister Julie. He flushed. “I am not your dad, sweetie. You must be mistaken…” He laughed.

The girl was stubborn. “No, it’s you, dad! I know! Gran told me!”

Derek laughed and knelt before her. “Oh, is that so? Do I really look like your dad? Then how about I meet your Gran someday? Maybe then she can tell you I am not your dad!”

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Derek was sure not to believe the girl. He thought she had misunderstood him for someone else. But then the little girl ran inside and returned with an art book and a photograph.

“This is Gran!” She gave Derek a photo and her drawing. “I drew Gran today! I’ll give it to her when she comes to visit me!”

Derek stared at the portrait with wide eyes. “MOM? How is this possible?” Sister Julie was also unaware of what was going on. Rita, Derek’s mother was known to her but she had never seen Rita with the children at orphanage.

“Where did you find this picture, sweetie? What’s your name?” Derek asked.

“I’m Alice. Gran Rita used to look after me when mommy got sick. She was always on her bed, sleeping, so Gran used to make food for me, and she would make me beautiful dresses.

“And then,” Alice’s eyes welled up. “Gran told me I had to come here because my mommy died. She promised that she would see me soon, but she never showed up. Gran, I miss you! I miss her…”

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Completely confused by Alice’s story, Derek decided to meet his mother and find out what was happening. When he arrived at Rita’s house and told her about Alice, she started to cry.

Derek, Derek!” she asked. “It’s been so many years since I last saw her. My arthritis has been bothering my lately. If I hadn’t been so sick, I would not have gone to her.”

“Who’s she, mom?”” Derek asked, confused. “She kept calling me dad!” “I don’t even know her!”

“Well, honey,” said Rita. “It’s not her fault. I took care of Alice’s mother when she was ill. I was affectionately called Gran by her mother. One day, while watching you on TV, she said to me, “Gran!” He is your son! He’s my dad!”

“I laughed and said, ‘Yes, he is, Alice.’ Perhaps that’s why she called you dad. She is a motherless child, Derek. Her father wasn’t a good man. He left Alice and his wife to fend for themselves.

“After her mother’s death, those people from CPS sent Alice to an orphanage. Alice and her mother lived in the house just across the street. Ah, how I wish I could go back to Alice!”

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When Derek learned about Alice’s story, he felt terrible for her. Her childhood, in a way, wasn’t much different from his. She was forced to live a life without a family, and so was he when he was young.

So Derek made up his mind. He decided to adopt Alice and give her a good life. He approached the orphanage and began the paperwork.

Since the orphanage was well acquainted with Derek and he had a clean background, the documents didn’t take long to be completed. Alice was finally home with her Gran Rita and dad Derek, who she already loved so much.

What can we learn from this story?

  • Every child deserves a happy childhood. Having spent a miserable childhood, Derek knew how it felt to grow up without love. He didn’t want Alice to go through the same and adopted her.
  • We don’t choose our family. They are God’s gift to us. While Alice was born to her mother and terrible father, God had another family planned for her. When she finally became a part of that family, she was very happy.

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