Son Learns Gang Member Visits His Old Mom While He’s Away, Returns and Can’t Recognize Her House — Story of the Day

A busy son goes to see his elderly mother after months of absence and discovers she has been visited regularly by a guy he considers a gang member.

Charles Richardson was busy, important, and valued his time. He knew this from his children and wife, as well as his employees. However, Esther, his mother, was the only one who knew it.

Charles rarely saw Esther even though he declared himself a loving son. Charles often missed Esther after three to four months without seeing her, regardless of how many times he called.

When his mother’s neighbor called, things changed. Charles was alerted to a stranger young man visiting his mother’s home, a young man with dark reputation.

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The neighbor said that the man was a member of a gang and that Esther was likely being robbed by him.

Charles called his wife in alarm and informed her that he would be late for dinner. Then he drove 56 miles to the home of his mother. Charles knocked on the door and called out: “Mom!”

After a long time, he heard the shuffling sounds of his mother’s footsteps, and Esther opened the door. “Charley!” She cried joyfully. “What a wonderful surprise!”

“Mom!” Charles was relieved. “You’re OK!”

“Of course I’m Ok,” Esther said. “Why wouldn’t I be?”

“Well, Mrs. Dreyfuss called me…” Charles hesitated. “Look, let’s go in and sit down!”

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Charles was led down the hall by Esther, who nodded her approval and led him to the living room. Charles took a quick glance around while his mother sat down on the couch.

Everything seemed to be in its right place. The radio, the TV… There was nothing missing. The house looked perfect. There was not a dust speck on the furniture’s surfaces.

Charles sat down to get to the point. “Look, mom,” He said. “Mrs. Dreyfuss said that an unsavory character has been visiting you just about every day. Is this person stealing from you? Or extorting money from you?”

“What?” gasped Esther. “Is that what she said? Amanda Dreyfuss is a busybody and a gossip, and she should mind her own business!”

“Mom,” Charles insisted. “You haven’t answered my question!”

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Esther raised her chin and stared Charles down. “I don’t understand,” Esther replied. “I haven’t seen you in nearly six months, you hardly ever call, and now you want me to explain my life to you?”

Charles flushed. “Mom,” He cried. “It hasn’t been that long. And you know I’m very busy…”

“Of course you are,” Esther said. “That’s why I haven’t seen my grandchildren for so long. You forget about me, don’t you?”

“No!” Charles protested. “I don’t. It’s just…”

“You’re a busy man,” Esther spoke calmly. “You can’t afford to spend time on something that brings you no profit, like visiting your mother.

Charles was angry. “I’m here now, aren’t I?” he said. “I am showing concern and it won’t bring me any profits!”

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“You’re only here because Amanda Dreyfuss called you,” Esther said sadly. “You want people to think well of you, that you are a good son, isn’t that so?”

“I try!” Charles said angrily. “God knows that I try!”

“You don’t try very hard,” Esther said bluntly. “Look around you, Charles. What do you see?”

Charles started looking and noticed that the living room wasn’t just spotless; the walls and the ceiling were freshly painted, and the window panes sparkled.

“Everything looks great, mom,” he said. “But you shouldn’t work too hard.”

“I don’t work at all,” Esther said. “I can’t stay on my feet too long because of my arthritis.”

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Charles got up and peeked into the kitchen. Everything was just as spick and span as the living room. The entire house smelled fresh and clean and looked as neat as a pin.

“I don’t understand,” Charles said, bewildered.

Esther looked at the clock and smiled. “You will, in a few minutes!”

The doorbell rang, and Esther got up to answer the door. She came back with a man and a little girl in tow.

Charles could see why Mrs. Dreyfuss said the man was a gang member! He was HUGE, with massively muscled arms covered in tattoos. He looked tough and strong.

The little girl was around seven years old and dainty as a porcelain doll. She was wearing a pretty pink princess dress and carrying a doll. “Look, Granny Esther,” she said, holding up the toy.

“Granny?” exclaimed Charles. “These are the people Mom?”

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“Charles, this is my friend David Morton and his daughter Mavis,” Esther said. “David lives close by, and he drops in nearly every day. He took my groceries home with him when we met at the grocery store.

“David is a single dad. He has no family in the city. I’m alone too, so we’re in the same boat. We support each other. He’s my savior! He paints and fixes up whatever breaks…”

“And Granny Esther makes the best cookies!” Mavis interjected. “Dad can’t bake!”

David smiled and didn’t look so fierce. “Esther is teaching me,” He said.

“Mom,” Charles protested. “YOU have a family, you have me, and you have your own grandchildren!”

“And I love you, Charles, and I miss my grandbabies,” Esther said it sadly. “But I’m lonely, and I never see you. You don’t need me, but David and Mavis and I need each other.”

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Charles was deeply ashamed of the neglect he had shown his mother and left her house. He began to visit Esther more frequently and brought his children along to spend some time with their grandmother. He began to get to know Mavis and David well and they eventually became close friends.

This story has many lessons.

  • We need our parents as much in their final years as they needed us in our early years. Charles had neglected his mother and was shocked to learn that she had become close to another family.
  • Family is built on love and care. Esther, David and Mavis were able to create a family not only because of their biology but because they cared and loved each other.

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