Not Much Time Left
Ben’s mother, Joanne, had been very sick. She knew she didn’t have much time left and tried to spend as much time as she could with her son, Ben. He was the love of her life.
She spoke to him about what would happen to her, and in just a few short months, she was gone.
Although little Ben understood that his mom was in a better place, he missed her very much.
Ben was heartbroken, and losing his mother at such a young age tore him apart. He had the support of his father, but it was not the same.
He longed to feel his mother’s warm embrace, and he missed hearing her voice.
He would find out that his father would not offer him the same kind of love that his mother had given him.
Ben noticed that his father, Eric, never cried as much as he did, not even at the funeral.
Ben thought that his father loved his mother and that they were happy.
But Ben would soon find out why his father wasn’t as sad as he had hoped he would be. Eric would soon invite someone into their home, and Ben would not be happy about it.
Eric introduced Ben to his “friend,” Becky. She was nice enough, but it wasn’t long before she moved all of her things into their home.
She was staying there, and Ben had no say in the matter.
It made Ben angry that his father hardly took the time to mourn for his wife, and he already replaced her with another woman.
A Permanent Fixture
As the months went by, Ben noticed that Becky became a permanent fixture in their lives.
It was like she wanted to take over the role of wife to Eric and mother to Ben.
She was sweet and kind to Ben in the beginning, but later on, when they eventually got married, her whole demeanor changed.
Focused On His New Wife
She became cold, and Ben’s father, who at one point supported him through his grief, was now only focused on his life with his new wife.
Ben was left on the sidelines, and he constantly found himself having to compete for his father’s attention.
Whenever he needed his father for something, Becky would give him an annoyed look.
Always Be Kind To Others
But Ben tried to remind himself of what his mother taught him, “Always be kind to others,” she would say.
But it was becoming very hard since Becky began showing her true colors.
A very important day was coming up for Ben. It would be his mother’s birthday soon and the first time since they would be without her on her birthday.
A Special Day
One thing the father and son always gave his mom for her birthday was flowers.
And even though she wasn’t there physically, Ben knew they still had to keep up the tradition.
He walked up to his father one morning and asked him, “Dad, you remember the special day today, right? Can we please go get some of her favorite flowers to put on her grave today?”
But before Eric could say anything to his son, Becky stepped forward. “I don’t think that’s possible. We have other plans for today.”
Ben’s eyes filled with tears. He needed to get the flowers for his mother, and now Becky was telling him that it was not possible.
He looked at his father, hoping he would be able to help him.
Taking Pity On Him
When Eric saw the sorrow in his son’s eyes, he took pity on him. “Alright, Ben, let’s go get the flowers for your mother,” he replied.
Ben’s eyes immediately lit up. He couldn’t wait to choose the most beautiful bunch of roses just for her.
He jumped in the car, and all three of them made their way to the florist.
When they pulled up to the florist, Ben was saddened when he realized his father wasn’t going to give him a cent for the flowers.
“You should still have your allowance money, buddy. I’m sure what you have would be enough,” Eric said.
But Ben’s heart sank. He didn’t bring his allowance money along because he thought his father was going to give him the money for the flowers.
“But Dad, I didn’t bring my allowance money with me. I don’t have any money for Mom’s flowers,” he said, looking very sad.
“Well, tough. We can’t keep giving you money. It’s time to learn some responsibility,” Becky chimed in.
Ben got out of the car and made his way inside the florist, not knowing what he was going to do.
As he opened the door to the florist, he smelled the fresh aromas of all the colorful flowers around him.
At that moment, he felt only sadness. Beautiful flowers always reminded him of his mother.
He walked straight to the roses. He was going to choose the pretty, soft pink ones. They looked as beautiful and delicate as she was. But how was he going to pay for it?
He stared mournfully at the pretty blooms until a man came to stand next to him. “Beautiful, aren’t they? I could stare at them for hours as well.”
Ben looked up and saw a smartly dressed man who looked like he was also about to buy some roses as well.
“Yeah, they were my Mom’s favorites. I’m supposed to buy her a bunch for her birthday, but I don’t have any money. I just feel so bad,” Ben said.
The man looked at Ben.
“Your mom is a very lucky lady to have such a thoughtful and caring son such as you. Why don’t I buy the roses for you so that you can still surprise her with it?”
Ben wiped the tears that had been rolling down his cheeks and said, “You really mean it, Mister? Why would you do that? You don’t even know me.”
“No worries, buddy. We should try to always be kind to one another,” the man said. Ben felt like his mother was right there with him.
“Thank you so much, Mister. You don’t know how much this means to me,” Ben said.
He took the pretty pink roses and left the florist in a hurry.
His father and Becky never even questioned how he had managed to get the flowers.
They probably hadn’t even noticed him in the car. Because they didn’t end up going to the cemetery as planned.
They drove straight home. “Dad, but we were supposed to take these flowers to Mom, remember?” Ben said. But before he could say anything further, Becky interjected.
Your Own Fault
“Didn’t we tell you that we have other plans? This is all your fault in any case.
You took way too long at the flower shop, so now you have to make your own way to your mother’s grave. I’m sure she would appreciate the effort of you walking all the way.”
Ben couldn’t believe it. He rushed upstairs to get his allowance money and walked off.
Even though he was just six years old, Ben knew how to take the bus from one place to another.
It was something his mother had taught him to be: independent.
He stood at the bus stop with the huge bunch of roses cradled in his arms. He knew how to get to the cemetery, and he was going to visit his mom on her birthday, no matter what.
A Short Walk
When he got off the bus, he just had to walk a short while to the cemetery.
He didn’t mind. It gave him a chance to think about what he wanted to tell his mother.
The big gray walls of the cemetery neared, and soon enough, Ben was walking amongst the many graves. He noticed very old ones and new ones, just like his mother’s.
Happy Birthday Mom
When he finally got to her grave, he knelt down and began talking.
“Hi, Mom, Happy Birthday. I brought your favorite flowers. I hope you like them as much as I do. I miss you so much and wish you were here with me today.” He began to sob. It was then that he felt a hand on his shoulder.
“I miss her too, buddy.” Ben looked up and couldn’t believe who he was looking at.
“It’s you. The guy at the florist. What are you doing here?”
Ben stepped back for a moment, fearing that the man had been following him.
But he was soon put at ease. “Easy, buddy. I’m Zach Rollins. A very good friend of your mom. We have known each other since our school days. You must be Ben?”
Ben cautiously moved closer to shake Zach’s hand that he held out to him. “Yeah, I’m Ben,” he replied, still a bit surprised. “But how did you know my mom? And why are you here?”
Zach sighed and looked at Joanne’s gravestone. “Your mom and I lost touch over the years, but we reconnected just before she passed away.
She always spoke so highly of you, Ben. She told me how you two used to visit a bakery together every year on her birthday.”
Ben’s eyes widened as he remembered those special visits to the bakery with his mother.
It was a tradition they had, just like the one with the flowers. “Yeah, we used to go to Baker’s Delight every year on her birthday. I miss those times.”
Zach smiled warmly. “Your mom cherished those moments with you, Ben. She wanted me to continue the tradition with you if anything ever happened to her.”
Ben looked at Zach in confusion. “Why would Mom want me to go to the bakery with you, Zach?”
Ben felt like Zach was about to tell him something.
“You see, Ben. I don’t even know how to tell you this, but your Mom told me a few months ago that I am your real father. We were together before she was with Eric. I didn’t know about you until recently.”
Keeping A Secret
Ben’s world seemed to spin as he processed Zach’s revelation. His real father?
So the man he had been living with for all these years wasn’t his biological father. It was a lot to take in.
“But why didn’t she tell me, Zach? Why did she keep it a secret?” Ben asked, his voice quivering.
She Had Her Reasons
Zach knelt down in front of Ben, placing a comforting hand on his shoulder.
“Your mom had her reasons, Ben.
“She wanted to make sure you had a stable home with Eric, and she didn’t want to disrupt your life. But she also wanted me to be a part of it somehow, and that’s why we reconnected.”
Tears welled up in Ben’s eyes as he struggled to comprehend the complex emotions surging within him.
He had so many questions and mixed feelings about this revelation. “I don’t know what to say, Zach. I mean, you’re my real dad?”
Zach nodded, his eyes filled with understanding. “Yes, Ben, but I want you to know that no matter what, I care about you deeply. I know this is a lot to process, and I’m here for you, buddy.”
The Best For Him
As Ben absorbed the shocking news, he realized that his mother had always loved him and wanted the best for him, even if it meant keeping this secret. He also saw that Zach genuinely cared for him and was willing to be a part of his life.
“Thank you, Zach,” Ben said, his voice filled with emotion. “I need some time to think about all of this, but thanks for being honest with me.”
Zach gave Ben a reassuring smile. “Take all the time you need, Ben. Just remember, we’re family, and I’ll always be here for you.”
A New Love
With a newfound sense of connection to Zach and a deeper understanding of his mother’s love, Ben placed the bouquet of roses on his mother’s grave and whispered a heartfelt goodbye.
As they walked away from the cemetery together, Ben realized that life had a way of surprising you, even in the midst of heartache and challenges.
He may have lost his mother, but he had gained a father he never knew he had, and in Zach, he had found someone who would help fill the void left by her absence.
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