He had just stepped foot into the store, and when he looked up, he had to blink a few times to ensure he saw right. Had his mother been lying to him this whole time?
The store was crowded, but he didn’t care. He needed answers right then and there, no matter what anyone else thought. As he asked her what he wanted to know, he knew it would turn his world upside down.
An Uneasy Life
Donna Tomassa didn’t have an easy life considering she had lived in a small house made of wood while raising her son alone. She had always wanted the best for him and to grow into the best man he could be. It made for a long and challenging journey.
The journey had made her bleed, cry and sweat, but she didn’t care so long as her son grew up to be the successful man he wanted to be. She had given her all to ensure he was healthy and happy. Her rough past didn’t take away from how happy she was to see him grow.
Never To Return
Donna had been married to a man named Antonio. He had left her to raise their toddler son alone; what hurt more was that she had never seen it coming. He had left that morning to work, but he never returned.
Weeks went by, and Donna was sick to her stomach with worry. She couldn’t recall anything happening in the previous weeks that would have upset him, so had something more sinister happened to him?
Her mind spiraled with all sorts of scenarios. She felt way in over her head and decided to make a call to the police. She knew her husband had dealt with questionable people in the past, and she worried now that he had been kidnapped.
She was well aware of how much he enjoyed gambling, and she had no doubt that he had gotten into debt more than once. He took many risks with dangerous men, but he had always found a way to keep up with his payments. But she wondered if his habits had finally caught up with him.
Donna still believed that her husband would never have intentionally abandoned his family. She convinced herself that something else must’ve happened to him to keep him away from them for so long.
Despite all the efforts she had put into her investigations, she returned empty-handed. The police had no news for her either. She was heartbroken but remained strong, deciding he had simply not been the man for her.
She Was Alone
Antonio did worse than just gambling. Donna started feeling hopeless about their marriage when he put little to no effort into their relationship. She had suspected her husband was seeing another woman for a while, and her suspicions were correct.
Being alone now confirmed what she had been thinking. She had always feared being alone, but that was what she had ended up facing. Antonio had made up his mind, and she had no way of getting him back.
Not Giving Up
But Donna was a force to be reckoned with. She had no intention of giving up and did all she possibly could to make a living. She found a job working for rich families and took care of their household chores while they were away. She cleaned, ironed their clothes, and fed their pets.
It wasn’t much to live on but she made sure to provide her son, Roberto, with all his wants and needs. It was important to her that he had a happy childhood. But that wasn’t all she thought about.
A Grateful Son
She had worked long and hard to get her son through law school. When her son asked to study overseas, she sought help from a local priest to get him there. Donna had sacrificed so much for her son, and he was not blind to it. He was forever grateful for what his mother had done for him.
Donna loved her son dearly and pictured every moment of the rest of her life by her son’s side. But that all changed when he met someone and she wouldn’t be happy about it.
Robert Tomassa was the apple of his mother’s eye. She was incredibly proud of how he had overcome the poor life he had had before. He had worked hard while studying and in his job to improve his life.
When he saw Ana from across the room, Roberto had been attending a friend’s birthday party. She was beautiful and was so taken with her that he couldn’t help but ask for her number.
After that night, Ana and Roberto had seen more of each other before he asked her out on a proper date. He enjoyed spending time with her, and they soon began dating. He had fallen for her and decided to invite her to a restaurant to give her a gift that would show his true feelings.
His heart swelled when Ana said she felt the same. That was the beginning of their relationship, and they could only grow closer from there. It was time for Ana to meet the first important woman in Roberto’s life.
Ana wasn’t delighted that he was living with his mother. But her goals from when she was young were all that mattered. And Roberto seemed the perfect man for accomplishing her dreams.
Ana had a difficult upbringing as well. He was one of six children, and it was very difficult for her parents to take care of them. She swore to do whatever it took to get a better life.
Ana was so poor that she had to wear the same clothes every day in high school. Other teens teased her and called her awful names.
This changed the course of her life. Her mindset was forever shaped by the experience of poverty in her childhood. So when she was just a teenager, she promised herself one thing.
Never Poor Again
She promised that she would never be poor again. She would do everything in her hand to never have to go through all the hardships and humiliation she suffered when she was a child.
After turning 17 and being admitted to one of the most prestigious schools around, Ana started working as a waitress in a restaurant to pay her way through college. It didn’t take long for her to realize something.
However, she soon realized that she was still broke. Between rent, food, and college fees, her waitress’s salary wasn’t enough for her to live the life she wanted.
But soon, she figured something out: there were other ways to get easy and fast money in large amounts. But would she have what it took to cross that line?
She decided to become an exotic dancer in a gentleman’s club in her town. Now, that was different: in one night, she could make what she used to make in a month at the restaurant.
When Roberto met her, Ana was still working at the club. Ana didn’t come clean to him about it until their third date, and Roberto was shocked to know how Ana paid her bills. Now, he was faced with a dilemma.
Could he date a woman who danced wearing skimpy clothes in front of other men for a living? Roberto wasn’t the jealous type; however, that might understandably have crossed some lines for him or anyone in that situation.
He asked Ana for some time to reflect. He had to think about his boundaries, what he was willing to accept, and his own standards for a relationship. After a few weeks, he reached out to Ana with a decision.
He told her he still wanted to date her, but there was one condition: she had to quit her dancer job at the club and look for a serious job as soon as she graduated from university.
Ana promised that she would do that. After all, there was only one semester left until both of them graduated from college. Shortly after, they would surely be able to find decent jobs in the area and continue their romance.
However, their relationship motivated some suspicions and rumors from the people around them. Some people thought that all Ana wanted was to find a rich man to marry when she grew older. They knew about her reputation and suspected her motives.
After all, Roberto was on the path to becoming a bright lawyer; he had interned in one of the most prestigious firms in the area, and everyone could see he had a great future ahead of him. But were people’s suspicions true?
No matter what people said, Roberto believed in Ana. He thought she was a good person at heart, regardless of how she had made a living. Besides, they were united by having experienced poverty and the drive to thrive and prosper by all means.
Roberto promised himself that he would do everything he could to not see his mother starving ever again. But would he be able to keep that promise?
Roberto graduated and got a high-paying job soon after. It only took a few years, and he could already afford some of the finer things in life. He got a house, a nice car, and everything he ever wanted.
It was time now to fulfill his old promise. So he took in his old mom as well. From then on, she lived with him in luxury, and it seemed like she wouldn’t struggle anymore. Would it last, though?
Ana started to spend more and more time and Roberto’s house. His mom was happy about the couple, but Ana didn’t like the man’s living situation. She wanted Roberto’s affection all for herself, but she did her best to hide her true feelings.
After all, Donna was his mom, and Roberto loved her a lot. So Ana couldn’t do much about it. At least not yet.
After some good months of dating, Roberto proposed to Ana. She was the happiest. She said yes instantly, thinking how her life would change when she became his wife.
Roberto’s old mother was very happy to hear the news. But Ana quickly cut her off, hinting that the house would not be able to accommodate so many people since she moved in. Donna knew exactly what her future daughter-in-law meant.
A Mother’s Choice
The wedding was spectacular. It was filled with people from both sides of the family. Ana was the happiest. Her dream had finally come true. She had married a good man that could offer her a great life.
A few days later, Donna told the couple that she would move out of her son’s home. She said she’ll return to her wooden home to give them more privacy. Roberto protested her decision but couldn’t do much to stop her. He gave Donna some money so she could get started, and he promised she would receive support every month, so she won’t have to struggle.
The money her son gave her lasted her for the first month well. She was able to fix the old house and buy herself some new clothes, medicine, and all the food she needed.
But at the beginning of the next month, no money came from her son. She waited and waited, but nothing happened. What could be going on?
Donna thought he must have a good reason for not sending her money, so she never bothered him about it. But life wasn’t what it used to be, and she couldn’t make it alone.
At times she only had sugar water for breakfast to afford her medicine. She was struggling to get by, and her son had no clue.
Looking For A Job
Despite her advanced age, Donna decided to look for a job to be able to afford her medicine and food. She wandered around until she reached a hardware store. The woman asked the manager if he had any jobs available, but he quickly turned her down due to her age.
Then she asked if he at least had some food to give her as she hadn’t eaten in three days. Before the manager could answer, Roberto entered the store as he loved to fix stuff around the house by himself and wanted his own tools.
He Saw Her
He was happy to see his mom and asked her what she was doing there. If she needed something fixed, she should call him. The manager quickly cut him off, saying she was there for a job or at least some food.
The son was livid, “Didn’t you get the money at the beginning of the month?” Before she could say anything, she passed out on the aisle. An officer was nearby and quickly attended to the woman until the ambulance arrived.
Donna was taken to the hospital, where she was recovering well. After making sure his mom was alright, Roberto went home to confront his wife. He was furious.
“Why didn’t my mother get the money? What did you do with it?” Roberto asked his wife. She quickly denied it. “Don’t lie to me,” he said. He insisted until she told him the truth. Ana said she needed it and thought his mother would be alright without his help. Roberto stormed off the room leaving Ana crying.
It took a lot of convincing, but Roberto eventually made peace with his wife. She was young, and he believed she wasn’t aware of how much harm she was doing to his mother.
But he didn’t stop there. He asked Ana for one more thing, and she knew she couldn’t say no if she wanted them to stay together.
Roberto wanted to bring his mom back home. Ana accepted. He didn’t leave her much choice anyway.
As soon as she got out of the hospital, she was back at her son’s home. Ana sincerely apologized for her grave mistake and promised she’ll do her best to accommodate the old woman in their home. Donna was very happy to be welcomed back and forgave her daughter-in-law.
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