A poor homeless teenager is horrified to find his photo in a millionaire’s lost wallet. Searching for answers, he uncovers a dark, tearful chapter in his late father’s past.
Tyler, 13, gasped as he walked on, his destination still unclear and cloudy. “Should I go back to the shelter? No, papa didn’t want me to live like that,” he thought as he hung around under the street lamp, exhausted and hungry.
After his father’s untimely death, Tyler had no one to take him in and was sent to a nursing home near town. He tried his best to cope with the loss and adjust to his new living conditions but could not find his place. Tyler didn’t like living with the other kids and felt trapped.
One night, when everyone was fast asleep, Tyler escaped from the nursing home in search of freedom. But fate took him down a different path where something else was in store for him…
“Hey, wake up man. Hey, are you okay?” Tyler heard a faint voice call out to him. He rose to a silhouette of three teenagers clustered around him, blocking the sun’s rays.
“Here, drink some water,” one of the boys offered.
“Hey, thanks, buddy. I think I passed out last night.”
After learning that Tyler was hungry, orphaned, and homeless, the boys collected their money and bought him breakfast. They then offered him to join their gang and showed Tyler his spot in a mall parking lot where they usually spent the night.
“Here we sleep. You can stay with us if you want!”
Don’t hold onto grudges; They make you weak and bitter. Forgive others instead, because only love and forgiveness make you strong.
Tyler, thinking he had no one to love him, found some hope and started living with the homeless teenagers. Deep down he longed for family and missed his father. As the days went by, Tyler started doing odd jobs for a living, like washing cars, cleaning restaurant windows, and even helping people carry their bags home.
On such a day, he returned to his spot in the parking lot much earlier to rest. Tyler had a long day at work and was beginning to make his bed out of old cardboard when something under the pillar caught his attention.
Curious, Tyler marched to the spot and found a wallet containing wads of cash, platinum cards, and checks with millions worth of transactions. However, what captivated and worried him was his photo in his wallet. Tyler almost fainted because he couldn’t understand how the rich person who lost her wallet had his picture.
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Who is this guy and how did he get my photo? Tyler wondered as he searched for answers the next day.
The next day after his friends left, Tyler took the wallet and visited the address he found on a business card. Though he could easily have stolen the money, Tyler didn’t, reflecting on his late father Jason’s words:
“You have to climb mountains, but do it the humble and honest way. Don’t lie or steal because success without hard work never lasts.”
Tyler marched to the office to find a man named Johnson, also known as Mr. Miller, and return the wallet to him. Expecting a reward for his honesty, he wanted to find out why his photo was in the wallet, but was immediately stopped by the security guard.
“I want to meet Mr. Miller,” he told the guard, who quickly noticed and recognized his boss’ wallet in Tyler’s hand.
“You little thief. How dare you steal my boss’s wallet?”
“Hey, no, you misunderstand me. I found this wallet in the parking lot in front of the mall yesterday.”
“Don’t lie, you little creep. Give me the wallet and tell me your address or I’ll hand you over to the police.”
Tyler feared the worst and told the guard he was living in the nursing home. He didn’t want his friends to get into trouble. He assumed the guy would let him go, but to his surprise, the guard immediately called a man and sent Tyler with him to the nursing home.
The janitors were relieved after seeing Tyler again. They took him in and advised him not to run away and although Tyler was in a safe place he didn’t like it. He felt trapped and was waiting for another chance to escape when a rich man in an expensive suit showed up two days later.
It was Mr. Miller, the millionaire, who had lost his wallet with Tyler’s photo in it.
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Johnson had found out about the honest boy who had returned his wallet and visited the nursing home to personally thank him, unaware that the boy was a connection to his painful past.
Tyler entered the visiting room and was stunned to see a rich man waiting to meet him. He was told the visitor was the owner of the wallet. As soon as Johnson saw Tyler, he was horrified.
“TYLER, IS THAT YOU?” he exclaimed, shocked.
“Yes, I’m Tyler and I returned your wallet a few days ago.”
“Tyler, my boy, how are you?”
Tyler was confused and couldn’t see Johnson.
“I saw my photo in your wallet. I don’t know you, and how did you get my picture?”
Johnson sat back, tears streaming down his eyes, as he confessed a truth Tyler had never known.
“Your dad Jason and I have been best friends since we were kids,” Johnson began. “We went to the same college and had the best days of our lives.”
“But I didn’t know Jason would fall in love with the same woman I had a crush on. I dreamed of life with your mother, but everything was ruined when I saw her accept his proposal on Valentine’s Day. Your father and I fought and broke up after he chose your mother over me. I moved out of town and never contacted Jason again. But many years later I received a letter from your father…”
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“Yes, it was Jason’s last letter. He told me he was bankrupt and lost his wife a few years ago. He said he was ill and bedridden and asked me to take care of his only son if anything happened to him. Your father even sent me your photo with the caption –Tyler is a gem. Please take care of him when I’m gone-rear.”
Tyler burst into tears.
“Even on his deathbed, my father thought only of me. I love him and miss him so much.”
“But I never saw you at my father’s funeral. I don’t remember seeing you there. Why did not you come?”
At this point, Johnson couldn’t hide the truth. He pressed his lips together tightly and continued to talk.
“I ignored your father and his letter because I was busy with work. I started a new department and didn’t want to waste my time and money with my boyfriend who took my love away from me. I threw away the letter with your picture on it, but I couldn’t be peaceful.”
“I put my ego and resentment aside and came to visit your father, but it was too late. I heard he died and you were sent to a nursing home. I was looking for you but they told me you ran away. I’m sorry Tyler. I didn’t want to leave you I lost my best friend and I felt guilty for not spending time with him in his final days.”
Johnson gave Tyler a teary-eyed, heartbroken hug and promised to return for him. He began the necessary paperwork and adopted Tyler three months later. Realizing that family and friends are more important than money, Johnson struggled to balance his ignorance of his best friend.
Eventually, Tyler moved in with his adoptive father and began living the life of his dreams under the love and care of his new family.
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