Years after Artist’s Death, His Son Becomes Homeless and Finds His Painting in a Dumpster – Story of the Day

Alex always hated a painting his father Matthew hung in the living room. So he threw it away when the older man died and forgot about it. The painting was found in a dumpster by him years later after he had lost everything, including his home. He realized the true significance of the painting only after that.

Matthew was an artist and commissioned paintings whenever possible. Matthew was an artist who commissioned paintings whenever possible. His primary source of income was still a night job at a restaurant, and part-time construction work on weekends.

Molly, his wife of five years, stayed home to take care of their children. But they both did their best for their family, and the kids were honor-roll students, great athletes, and healthy, which is what any parent hopes for at the end of the day. They excelled at everything despite their financial limitations.

He found the old painting in the dumpster. | Source: Shutterstock

Matthew painted a piece of art and hung it in their living area one day. He knew it was a stunning portrait and that it would fetch a lot, but he didn’t intend to sell it. Alex, their eldest son, wondered why it wasn’t worth his while. He thought it was a waste of money, but his father insisted.

As the children grew older, Molly was able to have more time and found a job. More money began coming in. Matthew eventually opened an art studio, where he offered classes and lectures. His talent made him extremely popular. The family was able to stop struggling when more clients began to commission him for paintings.

They bought a bigger house; this way the kids would have their own space. Once they moved into the new place, Alex suggested throwing the old painting away, but his father refused for some strange reason.

“No, son. This painting is coming with us to the new house, and it’ll be on display in the living room right where everyone can see it,”Matthew looked at the painting and reproached him.

Matthew refused to sell the painting, despite the protests of his son. Source: Pexels | Source: Pexels

“But Dad, you could easily sell it. I think we need to start fresh. Make a new one to hang in the new house. We have to forget the past,”Alex insisted but Matthew just shook his head.

“One day, you’ll get it,”Matthew said it, staring at his son while lightly patting his shoulders. 

He placed the picture in his living room exactly as he had promised. Alex helped him do it, too, despite his dislike for the piece. He couldn’t quite understand his fathers obsession with the piece.

Alex was only a few months away when Matthew died. The young man was so distraught by the loss, he took the painting home and threw it out after the funeral. His mother allowed him to do so because she understood how he felt and the rest of his siblings did too.

Alex became an architect, and was more successful than his father.Source: Pexels | Source: Pexels

They forgot everything about it and just tried to move on.


After Matthew’s passing, Molly took over the running of Matthew’s workshop and continued to make good money for their family. Alex graduated from college and went on to become an architect. His father was also a well-known Bostonian. He was also more successful than his father at a young age.

He had a great apartment in a downtown area and worked tirelessly for several years after university. But his amazing life soon took an awful turn.

A scandal broke out, and he was accused of corruption, By the time his name was cleared, his reputation in the field had been destroyed. He couldn’t get any work anymore and decided to study business at the community college to change his career. But his savings were running low.

Eventually, his landlord decided not to renew the lease on his apartment because he had heard about him on the news. It was a complete disaster. He lost his car as he couldn’t afford the payments. He continued to study.

He was too proud not to go home, and he wanted to do better himself.Source: Pexels | Source: Pexels

Alex was too proud to be back home, even though he knew that his mom would welcome him. After his name was tarnished, he felt ashamed of speaking to the family and stopped answering her phone calls. He avoided his siblings who tried to reach him. He was determined to escape his hole before they returned to him.

His father became famous, and he promised he would never again live in poverty. His ego was damaged and he had no choice but to pick it up. He did it on his own.

He stayed in a secluded spot beneath a small bridge in the city and studied with his phone and laptop. He used the library and public buildings to charge his phone, and he also went to the YMCA daily. He continued to register for classes using his mother’s address.

While walking back to his hidden place, he noticed something unusual on a dumpster. It was a canvas with an image that he hadn’t seen in years.

His father had written on a canvas back.Source: Pexels | Source: Pexels

“Oh my god,”He thought to himself, and he grabbed the frame. It was his father’s painting, and he had no idea how it ended up in that dumpster when he had thrown it away so many years ago. He was distracted by the thought when he turned the canvas. His dad had written something he had never seen years ago, despite holding this painting many times. 

He began to weep thinking about his father and promised himself that things would get better. He and his mom had worked hard to get them out of their financial crisis. Alex could do the same.

When things were better, he would show his face again to his family. And he wouldn’t let go of the painting. His father had treasured it for some reason, and now he knew why.

So Alex walked back to his hidey-hole with the canvas in hand and looked at the image that night while reviewing his notes.

“You were right, Dad,”He said it and turned the painting around to see his father’s inscription.

It said: “It won’t always be like this.”

Alex was able to make everything work out and returned the painting back to its rightful home.Source: Pexels | Source: Pexels

When things got better for Alex, his family welcomed him back with open arms, and they were surprised when he returned the painting to his mother’s living room. “I never should’ve thrown it out,”He explained to them. He smiled at his siblings, but he didn’t tell them about that inscription. They had to find it on their own someday.

What can we take away from this story?

  • Everything will turn out better in the end. It might sound like a cliché but eventually, things do get better, either with hard work or because time makes them less painful.
  • Respect your parents’ wisdom. Parents sometimes do strange things. However, they are more obvious when you get older and live your life.

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