A single woman decides to find adoptive parents for her unborn baby boy, only for them to give him up after his birth for a selfish reason. Years later, they regret their decision and learn a painful lesson about upbringing.
Annika was only 22 years old when she found out she was pregnant. She and her boyfriend had only started dating and had gotten their first jobs straight out of college.
When her boyfriend found out she was with child, he left her without hesitation. "We barely know each other," he told her. "I'm not ready to become a father. I'm sorry, but I think we should break up."
Annika's boyfriend left her after finding out she was pregnant. | Source: Pexels
Annika was devastated. She felt completely alone and had no money to raise a child on her own. As much as she wanted to keep the child, she knew she wouldn't be able to give him a comfortable life, so she decided to find adoptive parents for him.
With help from the internet, Annika found a young, wealthy couple that wanted to adopt her unborn child. They met in person and Annika felt at ease with them. She knew her son would live a good life with them so she consented to them adopting him.
Throughout the pregnancy, the couple made sure Annika had everything she needed. They gave her weekly food allocations and money for her prenatal vitamins and accompanied her to her doctor's appointments.
Annika met a wealthy couple that wanted to adopt her child, and they took care of her. | Source: Pexels
"Whatever it is you need, if it's for the baby's welfare, just let us know. We'll be right there," the adoptive mom, Kiera, told Annika.
The couple came through with their promise until they finally saw the baby's face. "You deceived us!" Tony told Annika. "How could you not tell us something so important about the child?! We cannot take him home."
Annika couldn't help but shake as the couple confronted her. "What do you mean? What's wrong?" she asked.
"Is the child biracial?" Tony asked her.
Kiera and Tony were surprised to find out that the baby had tan skin. | Source: Pexels
Realizing that they were angry because her son had tan skin, she hesitantly nodded, apologizing for failing to mention it during their previous meetings. "I'm sorry... I didn't think my child's race would matter to you," she cried.
"I can't have a child that doesn't have the same skin tone as me. My friends will make me the laughing stock of the group," Tony told Annika.
Kiera echoed her husband's sentiments, saying no one would believe that the child was theirs because their skin tones did not match. They left Annika at the hospital shortly after the confrontation and never returned.
Annika was left alone at the hospital, confused and heartbroken. | Source: Pexels
Annika cried throughout her entire stay at the hospital. She didn't know what to do and she didn't want to leave her son at the orphanage. "I want you to go to a loving home, not have you picked up whenever someone pleases," she whispered to her son.
When it was time for them to be released from the hospital, Monica made a brave decision to keep him. "I can't promise you all the best in life, but please know that mama will try," she said, embracing her son, whom she named Jason.
Through the years, Annika worked two jobs to provide for Jason. Although they lived simply, they were happy with what they had and spent all their free time together. Jason grew up to be an intelligent and kind young boy.
Annika raised Jason to be a kind and compassionate young man. | Source: Pexels
Thanks to Annika's hard work and Jason's perseverance to give them a more comfortable life, he studied hard and eventually got a college scholarship at a good school. He took up journalism and had a gift for it.
After graduation, Jason landed a job as a prime-time news anchor at a famous television station. He was good at what he did and often received accolades for it.
Whenever he received an award for his work, Jason always acknowledged his mom for it on air. He would thank her for everything she had done for him, despite all the difficulties she encountered.
"I wouldn't be here if it weren't for my selfless mother, Annika Stevens, who sacrificed so much just to raise me and provide me with the best education. Mom, you're my inspiration and I will forever be grateful to God for making you my mom."
Jason became a successful journalist. | Source: Pexels
Little did Jason know that Kiera and Tony, who once refused to adopt him, were watching the broadcast of the awards show. When they heard Annika's name, they realized Jason was the son they turned down. They knew they had made a big mistake. Jason could have been thanking them on live television and not Annika.
"That could've been us! Who would have thought he would become a world-class journalist?" Kiera sighed.
"Tell me about it... look at that boy, Nathan," Tony told his son. "We were supposed to adopt him. You should be grateful that you had everything handed to you. He had to work for what he has now!"
Kiera and Tony's adopted son blew up on them one day. | Source: Pexels
Their son Nathan grew up with everything he could possibly want and need. Kiera and Tony were not present in his life, and in place, they gave him a credit card he could max out on things he wanted.
This ended up taking a toll on Nathan, as he grew up to be spoiled and entitled. He didn't feel the need to study because of his parents' wealth, and at the age of 26, he remained jobless.
Nathan rolled his eyes. "If YOU adopted him, he'd still end up like me. You raised me to be this way, while his mother raised him to be that way. Children become who they are based on their upbringing, and you're responsible for that."
While Kiera and Tony were offended by Nathan's harsh words, they realized that he was telling the truth. Only after they heard this did they come to the realization that they were the only ones to blame for what happened to their child.
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