He was confused when he saw they were heading to the forest. “Mrs, are you sure you know where we’re going?” he asked. She assured him he neededn’t worry and said, “I know where I am taking you, don’t you worry.”
When she laughed, the boy felt a shiver run up his spine. He clung to the lady’s hand out of fear, too scared to pull free and run away. Where was she leading him to?
Robert didn’t have the most straightforward past couple of months and had been dealing with many things other kids his age didn’t have to. But when he kept doing the right thing and pushing through despite his family’s problems, everyone was in awe of him.
Robert seemed far older than his seven years, but even with his sense of maturity, something would happen that day that he would never have expected.
A Peaceful Life
Robert was a son to parents Anthony and Julia Bloom and was the youngest of three siblings. His parents had lived in Knoxville, Tennessee since they were born. They had lived a peaceful and joyful life up until now.
They soon realized how the real world isn’t always as lovely as you’d think. Something happened that completely changed the course of their childhood forever.
Robert had a 15-year-old sister diagnosed with a rare disease a few months ago. If Janice wanted to get better, it meant expensive treatment that three hospitals offered at most throughout the entire country.
What made it worse was that the diagnosis had come at the worst time for the Bloom family.
Julia had been a waitress at one of the local restaurants but had lost her job right before Janice started showing the initial symptoms. It wasn’t long before, a few weeks later, the doctor gave them a diagnosis that broke their hearts.
Julia had been looking for months, but she still had not found a job, and the family struggled to keep up with the bills. But there was more still.
Julia was feeling overwhelmed. If she ever found a job, she would have to spend more time at home with Janice because her symptoms grew worse by the day. Additionally, she had Robert and his brother, Albert, to take care of. They still needed to be taken to school because they lived too far from the bus route.
She was desperate and felt like she was under so much pressure. They could only think of one thing to do to allow them enough room to breathe again.
Paying For Treatment
The family needed to pay for Janice’s treatment, and the only thing they could think to do was to take out a bank loan. But would they be able to pay it all back?
Janice hated seeing her parents racked with stress and didn’t want to see them struggling with debt, so she tried to convince them that she didn’t need the treatment. Her symptoms may be kept at bay, or she could be lucky enough to recover from the illness herself. The doctors had told them there may be a chance at recovery but were that true?
Struggling To Focus
One day, Julia and Albert had to stay home with Janice because her symptoms had worsened. That meant that Robert was left alone to walk to school.
He struggled to focus at school during the day because he was worrying so much about his family. He was frustrated because, as much as he wanted to help them, he felt that he was too young to do anything that would make an impact. But he had no way of knowing that his worries were soon about to change.
A Different Street
Robert left the school building with a frown after the bell rang. He was still thinking about his family’s struggles and didn’t realize that he was walking down a street he’d never seen before.
He didn’t fret when he noticed and believed that he knew the area well enough to find his way back home. Just then, something caught his full attention. What was it?
Middle Of The Street
A woman carrying a can stood in the middle of the street. Robert squinted and realized that the elderly woman was blind and alone with no guide dog or someone to help her. He wondered if she needed help.
He approached her cautiously before asking, “Is everything alright, Mrs? Do you need any help?” She turned around to face him, and there was a stretch of silence before she spoke.
Walking Her Home
“Hey there, son. Yeah, I could use a little help. I can’t see. And I asked a man to help me get home because I’m too scared of tripping. Promised to pay him and everything. But he just took the money and ran away.”
“I can help you if you let me know where’s your home,” the kid said. “Oh, that’s so sweet of you, young man. Thank you. I’ll pay you so you can buy something,” the woman replied, reaching out for Robert’s hand. “No need for that, Mrs. You don’t need to pay me,” Robert said. The two got on the way to the lady’s house. Or that’s what Robert thought.
On Their Way
The blind lady started walking by Robert’s hand. Still, it seemed like the lady knew where they were going. She walked ahead of Robert, while he only had to make sure that there were no obstacles in the way.
But after a few minutes, Robert realized something: they were leaving the suburbs and getting into the outskirts. He looked ahead of him: they were walking towards a forest.
What Was Going On?
“Mrs., are you sure you know where we’re going? We’re walking towards the forest,” Robert asked, starting to feel worried. Was the lady in her right mind? “Oh yeah, young man, don’t worry. I know where I’m taking you,” the woman answered.
Then, she laughed. This filled Robert with disquiet. What was the lady up to? What was she planning? Should he run away or stay by her side?
They wandered for a while among the forest until, finally, they arrived at what seemed to be a dugout. Then, the lady let go of Robert’s hand. “Would you do me a favor, son?” she said, “could you go inside there and grab the garbage bag you’ll find lying on the ground?”
With his heart galloping, Robert entered the dugout. He was too scared to do otherwise, although his mind kept telling him to run away. He ventured into the darkness, and then he heard the lady laughing as she walked away.
Sure enough, Robert found the bag the lady mentioned. When he opened it, he couldn’t contain a gasp. It was full of cash money! There had to be millions in there!
Quickly, he grabbed it, ran away, found his way out of the forest, and got a cab home. They couldn’t hold their tears when he showed his family what he had found. That would be more than enough to pay for Janice’s medical bills! Robert never saw the old lady again, and, to this day, he’s convinced she was an angel disguised as a human being.
In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events or places or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.