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Every Day after 21-Year-Old Son's Death, Grieving Mom Finds Baby Toys on His Grave — Story of the Day

Sonali Bharadwaj
Jan 22, 2022
06:20 P.M.
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A grieving mother who visits her son's grave almost every day is startled when she discovers baby toys there and learns a shocking truth about her son's life.

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"A MUSICIAN? Have you lost your mind, Leonard?" Kenneth snapped when his son declared his desire to pursue a career in music.

Leonard was 18 years old, fresh out of high school, and eager to follow his passion. However, his parents wanted him to become a lawyer, which Leonard didn't want to be.

He'd taken a gap year after high school because he didn't want to rush into career decisions, and he discovered that music was something he really wanted to pursue. However, when he declared his desire to become a musician, his parents were anything but impressed.

"But what's wrong with becoming a musician, dad?" Leonard grumbled. "There are so many people who followed their passion and are very successful now. I want to be one of them! I don't want to do a boring desk job!"

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"Look, son," his father continued. "I have made my decision quite clear, and I don't want to repeat myself. You're going to become a successful lawyer just like your grandfather and me. Is that clear?"

"There's no way, Dad!" Leonard shot back. "You cannot force me to do something I don't want to do! I want to pursue my passion, music, and that's what I'll do!"

"But honey," his mother intervened. "Your father is not pressuring you. He just doesn't want you to waste your time over something that's not even certain. You see, so many people have big dreams, but only a handful achieves them. He's just worried about you and doesn't want you to suffer."

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"Oh really, mom?" Leonard snapped. "If he really cares about me, he should support me!"

Leonard wanted to follow his passion | Photo: Pexels

"Calm down, Leonard. Don't forget you are talking to your parents!" his father warned him. "If you want to make your own decisions, why don't you pay for your university? If you stay with us, you have to listen to us and obey us. Otherwise, get lost!"

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"Fine, dad!" Leonard said. "I'll prove to you guys one day how wrong you are. I don't want to be your obligation anyway. I'll make money as well as a name for myself!" Leonard said and walked away to his room.

Leonard's mother, Lily, advised him to calm down and talk things out sometime later, but he was furious. He packed his bags that evening and walked out of the house, vowing never to return. 

Lily kept requesting him not to do that. She even tried convincing Kenneth to stop their son, but the man was so adamant about his decisions that he didn't budge at all. At the same time, even Leonard didn't care. He was hell-bent on proving his parents wrong, so he left the house that evening, severing all ties with them.

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Leonard left the house to achieve his dreams | Photo: Pexels

Three years passed without any contact between Leonard and his parents. Lily was frequently concerned about her son, so she tried calling him a few times, but all of her calls went to voicemail, and Leonard never returned them.

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However, while Lily was preparing breakfast one morning, her phone rang. She quickly wiped her hands and dashed to answer it, but what she heard on the other end of the line made her feel disoriented.

It was a phone call informing her that Leonard, her son, had died. The young boy was involved in a motorcycle accident and died before reaching the hospital.

Lily burst into tears, unable to accept the death of her beloved son. "No way! That can't happen! Nothing has happened to my son!" She sobbed loudly enough to summon Kenneth, who was taken aback when he saw Lily on their living room floor, clutching her phone and crying her heart out.

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"Honey, what's the matter?" Kenneth asked worriedly. But Lily couldn't respond.

Kenneth snatched the phone from Lily's grasp at that point. "Hello? "Who is this?"

Kenneth couldn't believe his ears when he learned Leonard had passed away | Photo: Pexels

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"This is Officer Duncan calling, sir. We regret to inform you that your son, Leonard Williams, died this morning in a motorcycle accident. We would appreciate it if you could come as soon as possible to confirm the boy's body is Leonard's. We found your phone number in his phone and called you."

Kenneth couldn't believe what he was hearing. "Are you sure, officer, that's our Leonard? This...this can't be......"

"Look, sir. We found this contact on the victim's phone. This number was listed as "mom." Either way, you should come and confirm the body. Thank you," Officer Duncan said before hanging up.

Kenneth and Lily were heartbroken. They rushed from Chicago to Milwaukee, where the officer had said Leonard's body was, hoping that everything they had heard was a mistake or a bad dream that would pass quickly.

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However, when they arrived at the morgue, they couldn't believe the lifeless boy, the pale-skinned body, was their son. Lily sobbed on the floor, and Kenneth had a stream of tears streaming down his cheeks.

Kenneth and Lily bid goodbye to their son | Photo: Pexels

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Kenneth and Lily organized their son's funeral the next day in Milwaukee -- too heartbroken to bring him to their hometown, the place which had marked the beginning of their estranged relationship -- and bid Leonard farewell. But the loss of their son strained their relationship.

Kenneth became extremely quiet, drinking heavily and cursing himself deep down for being a terrible father, as Lily continued to blame him for kicking their son out of their home.

In the days that followed, Kenneth never bothered to accompany Lily to Leonard's grave. He felt guilty about confronting his son, and he could never muster enough courage to face him. Lily, on the other hand, drove two hours to visit her son's grave every day.

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One day, she had just arrived at Leonard's grave when she noticed a small teddy bear near it. She removed it and set it aside, thinking someone must have left it there by mistake, replaced it with the bouquet she'd bought, and sat there talking to her son for a while before leaving.

However, when she returned to the grave the next day, the teddy bear was there again, and this time there were several toys with it.

She was perplexed at this point as to whether they had been left there on purpose. She asked the caretaker if he knew anything, but he said he didn't.

Lily left the cemetery that day, wondering who could be bringing toys to her son's grave, but when she returned the next day, all her doubts vanished.

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Lily started finding toys near Leonard's grave | Photo: Unsplash

Lily had just arrived at the cemetery that day when she noticed a young woman standing in front of Leonard's grave, holding a baby in her arms. The woman's had eyes were closed like she was praying. After a few minutes, she placed a toy near Leonard's grave and walked away.

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Lily couldn't contain her curiosity and decided to approach her. "Excuse me," she said. "Do you know my son? I just noticed you placed a toy near his grave. Are you the one who has been doing it for days?"

The woman looked a little stunned. "Are you Lily Williams? Leonard's mother?"

"You know me?" Lily's eyes widened.

"Of course, Mrs. Williams," the woman said, her eyes welling up. Lily sensed a strange fear and worry in her tears. "I'm Carrie. I'm Leonard's girlfriend. And this baby is Henry, our son."

Lily couldn't believe her eyes when she looked at the child. The baby was an exact replica of her late son! "But Leonard, he never…."

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Lily met a young woman named Carrie at her son's grave | Photo: Pexels

"I never imagined we'd meet like this, Mrs. Williams," Carrie stated. "Leonard missed you terribly. He was hoping to reconnect with you, but..." The woman almost burst into tears.

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Lily consoled her, then the two walked to a nearby park. As Carrie sat there wiping her tears, she revealed the whole story to Lily.

It turned out Leonard met Carrie when he came to her town to pursue his dreams. However, due to lack of funds, he began working as a part-time waiter at a diner to support himself, and it was there that he met Carrie.

The two moved in together, and more than a year later, Carrie got pregnant. Leonard was overjoyed! He wrote a song dedicated to his future child, which was not a big hit but received a lot of attention in some US states.

That inspired him to take the next step in his career, and he began knocking on the doors of various producers. Some even agreed to collaborate with him. However, tragedy struck Carrie and Leonard when the man was involved in an accident.

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Leonard and Carrie had a son named Henry | Photo: Pexels

That very morning, Carrie was rushed to the hospital due to labor pains. A neighbor had called the ambulance for her, and she had no idea Leonard was involved in an accident. She was unconscious for a few days after the delivery, and when she woke up, she learned Leonard had passed away.

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The woman couldn't stop crying and began visiting his grave almost daily. The toys she'd been leaving were the ones Leonard had purchased for their child.

"I didn't know what to do when I found out he had died," Carrie went on. "The cops....they tracked my address through Leonard's driver's license, and that's how I found out he was no longer alive. They also said that you and Mr. Williams had planned the funeral in Milwaukee. I contacted the cemeteries one by one and discovered Leonard was here.

"I wanted to meet you one day but didn't know how to. Leonard loved you, and he promised that when he became famous, he'd call you and his father here, and all of us would live happily as a family. But sadly, that did not happen."

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Lily couldn't contain her tears when she heard that. She'd already lost her son, and she didn't want to lose her grandson as well. So she invited Carrie and Henry to move in with her, asserting that they were as much a part of her family as Leonard. The young lady was hesitant at first but eventually agreed when Lily insisted.

Kenneth and Lily are wonderful grandparents | Photo: Pexels

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Thanks to that fateful day, Lily and Kenneth's lives changed for the better. Kenneth became a loving grandfather to Henry, and seeing him care for the little boy caused Lily to become more patient and understanding with him, which improved their relationship.

Carrie considers herself fortunate to have met Lily and Kenneth, who are wonderful grandparents to Henry. They also helped her get Leonard's song published by a well-known label.

Carrie says Henry, who is 5 years old now, is incredibly proud of his father's career as a musician and aspires to follow in his father's footsteps, and Lily and Kenneth are fully supportive of Henry.

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What can we learn from this story?

  • Anger and impatience only complicate things. Instead of leaving his parents' house in a rage, Leonard could have tried another way to convince his parents of his passion. Kenneth, too, should not have been so harsh with his son. Anger and arguments just strained Kenneth and Leonard's relationship to the point that the boy severed ties with his father and Lily.
  • It's not always easy, but having a big heart and acceptance sometimes makes things right. Lily and Kenneth's relationship had improved since Lily welcomed Carrie and Henry into her home and accepted them as her family.

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